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Works of Music: An Essay in Ontology

Julian Dodd

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780199284375
eISBN:
9780191713743
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199284375.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Aesthetics

This book gives a sustained defence of the simple view of the ontological nature of works of pure, instrumental music. The simple view is the conjunction of two theses: the type/token theory and ... More


History and the Ontology of the Musical Work

Leo Treitler

in With Voice and Pen: Coming to Know Medieval Song and How it Was Made

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
May 2008
ISBN:
9780199214761
eISBN:
9780191713897
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199214761.003.0012
Subject:
Music, History, Western

This chapter argues that the question about the ontological state of music must be addressed by taking into account the particular historical situation of the music in question, in its particular ... More


The Nature of Music and Musical Works

David J. Elliott

in Praxial Music Education: Reflections and Dialogues

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780195385076
eISBN:
9780199865512
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195385076.003.04
Subject:
Music, Psychology of Music

David Elliott's book, Music Matters: A New Philosophy of Music Education (1995), constitutes a milestone in the progress of the philosophy of music education. He not only brings together a wealth of ... More


Platonism vs. Nominalism in Contemporary Musical Ontology

Andrew Kania

in Art and Abstract Objects

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9780199691494
eISBN:
9780191746277
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199691494.003.0010
Subject:
Philosophy, Aesthetics, Metaphysics/Epistemology

Ontological theories of musical works fall into two broad classes, according to whether they take musical works to be abstract objects of some sort. The chapter uses the terms ‘Platonism’ and ... More


Musical Works: A Mash-Up

Joseph G. Moore

in Art and Abstract Objects

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9780199691494
eISBN:
9780191746277
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199691494.003.0014
Subject:
Philosophy, Aesthetics, Metaphysics/Epistemology

It is argued that the concept of a musical work shifts innocuously with judgmental setting between the notion of a sound-structure and a more musically flexible notion that is grounded in ... More


Musical Works and Performances: A Philosophical Exploration

Stephen Davies

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780199241583
eISBN:
9780191597329
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0199241589.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Aesthetics

This book provides a contextualist ontology of musical works, distinguishing works for playback from ones for performance and, among the latter, studio from live performances. Works are variously ... More


Musical Understandings

Stephen Davies

in Musical Understandings and Other Essays on the Philosophy of Music

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780199608775
eISBN:
9780191729669
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199608775.003.0008
Subject:
Philosophy, Aesthetics

I consider what is involved in listening to music with understanding and what is understood. In particular, I consider if the listener must follow the work's structure, what doing so involves, and if ... More


Ontology

Roger Scruton

in The Aesthetics of Music

Published in print:
1999
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780198167273
eISBN:
9780191598371
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/019816727X.003.0004
Subject:
Philosophy, Aesthetics

Confronts certain puzzles raised about the nature and identity of the musical work, and dismisses these puzzles as unreal: either they concern the musical work itself, in which case they are puzzles ... More


Musical Colors and Timbral Sonicism

Stephen Davies

in Musical Understandings and Other Essays on the Philosophy of Music

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780199608775
eISBN:
9780191729669
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199608775.003.0012
Subject:
Philosophy, Aesthetics

In music ontology, “pure” formalists regard musical works as “colorless” sound structures. One alternative, known as timbral sonicism, accepts that a musical work's orchestral color is a factor in ... More


The Imaginary Museum of Musical Works: An Essay in the Philosophy of Music

Lydia Goehr

Published in print:
1994
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780198235415
eISBN:
9780191597503
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0198235410.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Aesthetics

What is the difference between a performance of Beethoven's Fifth Symphony and the symphony itself? What does it mean for musicians to be faithful to the works they perform? To answer such questions, ... More


Versions of Musical Works and Literary Translations

Stephen Davies

in Musical Understandings and Other Essays on the Philosophy of Music

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780199608775
eISBN:
9780191729669
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199608775.003.0013
Subject:
Philosophy, Aesthetics

The composition of a musical work can overshoot its completion. Though the piece is finished, what should be work-determinative features are altered. I call the results “work-versions”. These can be ... More


Musical Understandings and Other Essays on the Philosophy of Music

Stephen Davies

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780199608775
eISBN:
9780191729669
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199608775.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Aesthetics

The essays in this book cover a spread of topics in the philosophy of music: how music expresses emotion and what is distinctive to the listener's response to this expressiveness; the modes of ... More


Against Repeatable Artworks

Allan Hazlett

in Art and Abstract Objects

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9780199691494
eISBN:
9780191746277
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199691494.003.0008
Subject:
Philosophy, Aesthetics, Metaphysics/Epistemology

There seem to be repeatable artworks. Plays and musical works (like Hamlet or ‘Pictures at an Exhibition’) can be performed again and again; installations (like Sol LeWitt’s Wall Drawing #260) can be ... More


Works

Lawrence Kramer

in Interpreting Music

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520267053
eISBN:
9780520947368
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520267053.003.0014
Subject:
Music, Theory, Analysis, Composition

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's “Hunt” Quartet—the String Quartet in B-flat Major, K. 458—earns its nickname with its very first notes. Here are some things a listener might recognize: the strings ... More


Transcending Text & Act?

Nick Wilson

in The Art of Re-enchantment: Making Early Music in the Modern Age

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780199939930
eISBN:
9780199369775
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199939930.003.0003
Subject:
Music, Performing Practice/Studies, History, Western

The third chapter provides an in-depth review and analysis ofEarly Music’s underlying ideology of authentic performance. The chapter’s title evokes Richard Taruskin’sText & Act, the book that has ... More


Performance

Lawrence Kramer

in Interpreting Music

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520267053
eISBN:
9780520947368
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520267053.003.0015
Subject:
Music, Theory, Analysis, Composition

Performance has generated a great deal of interest lately, often coupled with a demotion of the musical work as both fact and value. The critiques come in two broad forms. The first concentrates on ... More


The Recorded Musical Text

Arved Ashby

in Absolute Music, Mechanical Reproduction

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520264793
eISBN:
9780520945692
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520264793.003.0002
Subject:
Music, Performing Practice/Studies

This chapter discusses the performance of art music as a phenomenon that changes when it becomes permanent, and studies the ontological role of recordings in relation to performance. It tries to ... More


Musical Meaning and Human Values

Keith Chapin and Lawrence Kramer (eds)

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
March 2011
ISBN:
9780823230099
eISBN:
9780823235445
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fso/9780823230099.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Aesthetics

Musical understanding has evolved dramatically in recent years, principally through a heightened appreciation of musical meaning in its social, cultural, and philosophical dimensions. This book ... More


Looking Back at Ourselves: The Problem with the Musical Work-Concept

Reinhard Strohm

in The Musical Work: Reality or Invention?: Reality or Invention?

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780853238256
eISBN:
9781846313615
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9780853238256.003.0007
Subject:
Society and Culture, Media Studies

This chapter examines the problem with the musical work-concept and considers precedents in Renaissance music for both work-status and the work-concept. It looks at the history of the debate over the ... More


Introduction Beyond Structural Listening?: Postmodern Modes of Hearing

Andrew Dell'Antonio

in Beyond Structural Listening?: Postmodern Modes of Hearing

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520237575
eISBN:
9780520937024
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520237575.003.0001
Subject:
Music, Theory, Analysis, Composition

This chapter presents an introduction to the book. The term structural listening describes an approach to listening that considers musical works as autonomous structures which is defined wholly ... More


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