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RASAAffect and Intuition in Javanese Musical Aesthetics$
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Marc Benamou

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780195189438

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195189438.001.0001

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Why Rasa Talk Matters

Why Rasa Talk Matters

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(p.199) Eight Why Rasa Talk Matters
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RASA
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Marc Benamou

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195189438.003.0008

The final chapter deals with the nature of musical meaning and with the relation between music and language about music. A defense is offered of the logocentric, aesthetico‐centric, and musician‐centric approach taken here, and some cautious conclusions are put forth. One such conclusion is that musical meaning is learned, just as linguistic meaning is, and is hence learnable. And, like linguistic meaning, it accrues through use. Partly as a result of this, at least some aspects of affective meaning can cross cultural boundaries, although this is very likely also the result of universal human psychological traits. Some similarities between “Western” and “Javanese” aesthetics (the two words are in quotes because they stand for something more limited) are pointed out, and, like musical meaning in general, these seem to be overdetermined (they can be explained by human nature and by cultural interaction).

Keywords:   aesthetic, logocentric, meaning, affect, relationship, cross cultural, western

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