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The Art of Re-enchantmentMaking Early Music in the Modern Age$
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Nick Wilson

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199939930

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199939930.001.0001

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Transcending Text & Act?

Transcending Text & Act?

(p.37) 3 Transcending Text & Act?
The Art of Re-enchantment

Nick Wilson

Oxford University Press

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 most publicly (and successfully) critiquedthe '‘authenticity movement’. The reader is introduced to the problems inherent in the musical work, the ‘work concept’ (after Goehr 2007) and ‘werktreue’. Attention is drawn to some underlying issues with the authenticity movement critique itself, including its ahistorical andirrealistapproach. The chapter then develops a critical realist-informed foundational argument for authentic performance, based on dispositional (historical) authenticity (where the primacy of the possible over the actual is highlighted). It is suggested that we can move beyond (i.e. ‘transcend’) existing arguments about authenticity and historical authentic performance through applying this notion in tandem with a more detailed understanding of (personal) authenticity in practice (the subject of the last Part of the book).

Keywords:   musical work, work concept, werktreue, authenticity, authenticity movement, authenticities, dispositional (historical) authenticity, ontology, alethic truth, enchantment

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