Sounding Off: Eleven Essays in the Philosophy of Music

Hardcover | July 6, 2012

byPeter Kivy

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Sounding Off brings together a selection of essays on philosophy of music written by Peter Kivy - the leading expert on the subject. The essays fall into four groups, corresponding to Kivy's major interests. Part I contains two essays on the nature of musical genius. In Part II, three essaystake up the subject of authenticity in performance, and explores what Kivy terms 'the authenticity of interpretation'. Part III contains four essays concerning the much discussed issues of musical representation and musical meaning. Finally, Part IV consists of three essays on the 'pure musicalparameters': these are essays on 'music alone' or 'absolute music' -music as the pure, formal structure of (sometimes) expressive sound. Eight of the eleven essays presented here are previously unpublished, and the book includes two appendices which provide Kivy's responses to criticism.

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Sounding Off brings together a selection of essays on philosophy of music written by Peter Kivy - the leading expert on the subject. The essays fall into four groups, corresponding to Kivy's major interests. Part I contains two essays on the nature of musical genius. In Part II, three essaystake up the subject of authenticity in perfor...

Peter Kivy was educated at the Walden School in New York City, as well as with private teachers in oboe and music theory. He received his BA with highest honours in Philosophy at the University of Michigan, in 1956, and an MA in Philosophy from that University in 1958. He then went on to receive an MA in Music History from Yale Univer...
Format:HardcoverDimensions:256 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.98 inPublished:July 6, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199697523

ISBN - 13:9780199697526

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Table of Contents

PrefacePART I: Genius1. Mozart's Skull2. The Case of the Purloined PartiturPART II: Authenticities3. A Tale of Two Authenticities4. Ancient Authenticities5. Operatic AuthenticitiesPART III: Meaning and Representation6. Messiah's Message7. Is Nothing Scared?8. Sound in Sound9. Music Science and SemanticsPART IV: Music Alone10. Authorial Intention and the Pure Musical Parameters11. Leonard Meyer's SonataAPPendices: Some Critical ResponsesAppendix 1Appendix 2Bibliography