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Contemplating ArtEssays in Aesthetics$
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Jerrold Levinson

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780199206179

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199206179.001.0001

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Music as Narrative and Music as Drama

Music as Narrative and Music as Drama

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(p.129) 8 Music as Narrative and Music as Drama
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Contemplating Art
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Jerrold Levinson (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199206179.003.0009

This essay poses the question of whether music, especially as regards its succession of expressive properties or states, is fruitfully thought of as a narrative of some sort. The answer returned is guardedly negative, and the attractions of an alternate model, one owing to the musicologists Anthony Newcombe and Fred Maus, of expressive music as dramatized rather than narrated emotion, are touted instead.

Keywords:   instrumental music, musical narratives, dramatized emotion, musical representation, Anthony Newcombe, Fred Maus

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