Themes in the Philosophy of Music

Themes in the Philosophy of Music

by Stephen Davies, S. Davies
     
 

ISBN-10: 0199241570

ISBN-13: 9780199241576

Pub. Date: 03/28/2003

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

"These essays by Stephen Davies outline developments within the philosophy of music over the last two decades, and summarize the state of play at the beginning of a new century. Including two new and previously unpublished pieces, they address both perennial questions and contemporary controversies, such as that over the 'authentic performance' movement, and the…  See more details below

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"These essays by Stephen Davies outline developments within the philosophy of music over the last two decades, and summarize the state of play at the beginning of a new century. Including two new and previously unpublished pieces, they address both perennial questions and contemporary controversies, such as that over the 'authentic performance' movement, and the impact of modern technology on the presentation and reception of musical works. Rather than attempting to reduce musical works to a single type, Davies recognizes a great variety of kinds, and a complementary range of possibilities for their rendition." "Among the questions that Davies considers are these: How can expressiveness be in a musical work when music experiences nothing? Is music a language of the emotions? How do recorded pop songs and purely electronic pieces differ from works created for live performance? Is John Cage's silent piece, 4'33", music? To what extent is the performer free to create her own interpretation and to what extent is she constrained by the composer's score? Is training in musical technicalities a prerequisite for a full appreciation of musical works and performances? Is an awareness of the socio-historical setting in which a work is created relevant to its appreciation? How does the value of individual musical works go beyond the worth of an interest in music in general?" Stimulating and insightful both as individual discussions and as a coherent argument, these essays will be greatly enjoyed by philosophers, aestheticians, art theorists, and musicologists.

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ISBN-13:
9780199241576
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
03/28/2003
Pages:
296
Product dimensions:
9.30(w) x 6.30(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

Pt. 1Ontology
1John Cage's 4' 33" : is it music?11
2Ontologies of musical works30
3Transcription, authenticity, and performance47
4The ontology of musical works and the authenticity of their performances60
Pt. 2Performance
5Authenticity in musical performance81
6So, you want to sing with the Beatles? : too late!94
7What is the sound of one piano plummeting?108
Pt. 3Expression
8Is music a language of the emotions?121
9The expression of emotion in music134
10Contra the hypothetical persona in music152
11Philosophical perspectives on music's expressiveness169
Pt. 4Appreciation
12The evaluation of music195
13Musical understanding and musical kinds213
14Attributing significance to unobvious musical relationships233
15The multiple interpretability of musical works245

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