Themes In The Philosophy Of Music

Paperback | May 15, 2005

byStephen Davies

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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 Including two new and previously unpublished pieces, they address both perennialquestions and contemporary controversies, such as that over the 'authentic performance' movement, and the impact of modern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 acomplementary 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-historicalsetting 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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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 Including two new and previously unpublished pieces, they address both perennialquestions and contemporary controversies, suc...

Stephen Davies is at University of Auckland, New Zealand.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.68 inPublished:May 15, 2005Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 13:9780199280179

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IntroductionONTOLOGY1. John Cage's 4'33. Is it Music?2. Ontologies of Musical Works3. Transcription, Authenticity, and Performance4. The Ontology of Musical Works and the Authenticity of their PerformancesPERFORMANCE5. Authenticity in Musical Performance6. So, You Want to Sing with the Beatles? Too Late!7. What is the Sound of One Piano Plummeting?EXPRESSION8. The Expression of Emotion in Music9. Is Music a Language of the Emotions?10. Contra the Hypothetical Persona in Music11. Philosophical Perspectives on Music's ExpressivenessAPPRECIATION12. The Evaluation of Music13. Musical Understandings and Musical Kinds14. Attributing Significance to Unobvious Musical Relationships15. The Multiple Interpretability of Musical Works

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`Review from previous edition a collection of important and well-known essays by an influential philosopher of music . . . Davies is fascinating on his home turf, which is the analytic philosophy of the musical arts, and those who are tempted by or subscribe to this worldview should invest inthis book immediately.'British Journal of Aesthetics