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The Interpretation of Music : Philosophical Essays - Michael Krausz

The Interpretation of Music

Philosophical Essays

By: Michael Krausz (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 11th February 1993
ISBN: 9780198239581
Number Of Pages: 304

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This volume looks at the symbiotic relationship between the philosophical inquiry into the presuppositions of musical interpretation and the interpretation of particular musical works by musicians. Characteristically, interpreters of music entertain philosophical views about musical interpretation. For example, an interpreter's decision whether to play one or another version of a piece, whether to use one instrument or another, whether to emphasize certain elements, depends in part upon certain convictions of a philosophical nature. An interpreter's resolution of such questions will involve views about what a musical work is--for example, whether it is fully embodied in a score, how strictly all markings should be respected, what pertinence historical research has for interpretations, and how decisive the known or reconstructed intentions of a composer may be. These nineteen previously unpublished essays address a cluster of interrelated questions about the definition, grounds, and nature of musical interpretation. The contributors investigate the aesthetic, cultural, and historical aspects of interpretation as well as fundamental distinctions such as those between a work and its interpretation, musical and non-musical phenomena, and musical meaning and linguistic meaning.

Industry Reviews

'The detail of many of these arguments is treated with great clarity in this fascinating book. We are not famous as a nation for our interest in ideas ... but an understanding of these essays could influence not just what we think, but what we feel in the presence of music. Read and enjoy.' Anthony Pryor, BBC Music, March 1994 `The editor's own lucid and thoughtful piece homes in on the central question of whether or not it can be maintained that there is a single ideal interpretation for each musical work.' Sebastian Gardner, Times Literary Supplement 'This book could unsettle you. It takes us behind the simple "boo" or "hooray" reactions to interpretations and shows us exactly what we are responding to.' Anthony Pryor, BBC Music

Notes on Contributors
Introductionp. 1
The Full Voic'd Quire: Types of Interpretations of Musicp. 9
Performative vs. Critical Interpretation in Musicp. 33
Interpreting the Emotional Content of Musicp. 61
Rightness and Reasons in Musical Interpretationp. 75
Musical Standards as Function of Musical Accomplishmentp. 89
Perceiving the Music Correctlyp. 103
Musical Works in the Worlds of Performers and Listenersp. 119
Notation and Realization: Musical Performance in Historical Perspectivep. 129
Music as Ordered Sound: Some Complications Affecting Description and Interpretationp. 141
The Ethics of Musical Performancep. 157
Making Music Our Ownp. 165
'Music Has No Meaning to Speak of': On the Politics of Musical Interpretationp. 177
Notes on the Meaning of Musicp. 193
Is There a Semantics for Music?p. 203
Goodman, Density, and the Limits of Sense Perceptionp. 215
Portraits in Music - A Case-Study: Elgar's 'Enigma' Variationsp. 231
Aesthetic Decomposition: Music, Identity, and Timep. 247
Understanding Humour and Understanding Musicp. 259
Theoretically Informed Listeningp. 271
Indexp. 283
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ISBN: 9780198239581
ISBN-10: 0198239580
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 304
Published: 11th February 1993
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.23 x 16.13  x 2.36
Weight (kg): 0.65