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Musical Understandings and Other Essays on the Philosophy of Music
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Musical Understandings and Other Essays on the Philosophy of Music

Stephen Davies

Abstract

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 perception and understanding that can be expected of skilled listeners, performers, analysts, and composers and the various manners in which these understandings can be manifest; the manner in which musical works exist and their relation to their instances or performances; and musical profundity. As well as reviewing the work of philosophers of music, a number of the chapters both draw on and critically ... More

Keywords: philosophy of music, psychology, musical meaning, musical works, musical profundity, expressiveness

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199608775
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199608775.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Stephen Davies, author
University of Auckland, New Zealand

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