Music, Language, and Cognition: And Other Essays in the Aesthetics of Music

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Music, Language, and Cognition is the third collection of Peter Kivy's seminal papers in the philosophy of music. In essays which span his earliest work in the field and his more recent contributions to journals, anthologies, and conference proceedings, Kivy considers the origin of music, the medium of expression in opera, the role of music in film, the nature of an "ideal" performance, and the question of whether absolute music has a meaning, among other issues. Rich with critical analysis and informed by the history of both philosophy and music, this volume will be of interest to anyone who likes not only to listen to music, but to think about it as well.

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"Kivy maintains a leading position in his field with this third book of essays.... Kivy's writing is laced with whimsy—even humor—making his arguments more approachable.... Highly recommended."—R. Stahura, CHOICE
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199217663
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 7/26/2007
  • Pages: 280
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 5.50 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Part I: History
1. Mainwaring's Handel: Its Relation to British Aesthetics
2. Herbert Spencer and a Musical Dispute
Part II: Opera
3. Handel's Operas: The Form of Feeling and the Problem of Appreciation
4. Anti-Semitism in Meistersinger
5. Speech, Song, and the Transparency of Medium: On Operatic Metaphysics
6. Music in the Movies: A Philosophical Inquiry
Part III: Performance
7. On the Historically Informed Performance
8. Ars perfecta: Toward Perfection in Musical Performance?
Part IV: Interpretation
9. Another Go at the Meaning of Music: Koopman, Davies, and the Meanings of 'Meaning'
10. Another Go at Musical Profundity: Stephen Davies and the Game of Chess
11. From Ideology to Music: Leonard Meyer's Theory of Style Change
12. Sibley's Last Paper
13. In Defense of Musical Representation: Music, Representation, and the Hybrid Arts
14. Music, Language, and Cognition: Which Doesn't Belong?

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