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With Voice and PenComing to Know Medieval Song and How it Was Made$
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Leo Treitler

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780199214761

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199214761.001.0001

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History and the Ontology of the Musical Work

History and the Ontology of the Musical Work

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(p.298) CHAPTER 12 History and the Ontology of the Musical Work
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With Voice and Pen
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Leo Treitler

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199214761.003.0012

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 culture. It is both a historical and a philosophical question. It is important to project what we regard as self-evident answers onto medieval music from our experience with modern music, but also to show that those answers are in fact not always so self-evident even with respect to modern music.

Keywords:   ontological state, medieval music, modern music, musical works, philosopy

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