Themes in the Philosophy of Music

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Overview

Representing Stephen Davies's best shorter writings, these essays 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 Including two new and previously unpublished pieces, they address both perennial questions and contemporary controversies, such as that over the 'authentic performance' movement, and the impact of modern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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199241576
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 3/28/2003
  • Pages: 296
  • Product dimensions: 9.30 (w) x 6.30 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Stephen Davies teaches philosophy at the University of Auckland. His primary research interest is in the philosophy of art, especially music.

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Table of Contents

Pt. 1 Ontology
1 John Cage's 4' 33" : is it music? 11
2 Ontologies of musical works 30
3 Transcription, authenticity, and performance 47
4 The ontology of musical works and the authenticity of their performances 60
Pt. 2 Performance
5 Authenticity in musical performance 81
6 So, you want to sing with the Beatles? : too late! 94
7 What is the sound of one piano plummeting? 108
Pt. 3 Expression
8 Is music a language of the emotions? 121
9 The expression of emotion in music 134
10 Contra the hypothetical persona in music 152
11 Philosophical perspectives on music's expressiveness 169
Pt. 4 Appreciation
12 The evaluation of music 195
13 Musical understanding and musical kinds 213
14 Attributing significance to unobvious musical relationships 233
15 The multiple interpretability of musical works 245
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