Titel: Themes in the Philosophy of Music
Autor/en: Stephen Davies
OXFORD UNIV PR
März 2003 - gebunden - 296 Seiten
Representing Stephen Davies's best shorter writings, these essays outline developments within the philosophy of music over the last two decades, and summarize the state of play at the beginning of a new century. Including two new and previously unpublished pieces, they address both perennial questions and contemporary controversies, such as that over the 'authentic performance' movement, and the impact of modern technology on the presentation and reception of musical works. Rather than attempting to reduce musical works to a single type, Davies recognizes a great variety of kinds, and a complementary range of possibilities for their rendition.
Introduction; ONTOLOGY; 1. John Cage's 4'33. Is it Music?; 2. Ontologies of Musical Works; 3. Transcription, Authenticity, and Performance; 4. The Ontology of Musical Works and the Authenticity of their Performances; PERFORMANCE; 5. Authenticity in Musical Performance; 6. So, You Want to Sing with the Beatles? Too Late!; 7. What is the Sound of One Piano Plummeting?; EXPRESSION; 8. The Expression of Emotion in Music; 9. Is Music a Language of the Emotions?; 10. Contra the Hypothetical Persona in Music; 11. Philosophical Perspectives on Music's Expressiveness; APPRECIATION; 12. The Evaluation of Music; 13. Musical Understandings and Musical Kinds; 14. Attributing Significance to Unobvious Musical Relationships; 15. The Multiple Interpretability of Musical Works
Stephen Davies teaches philosophy at the University of Auckland. His primary research interest is in the philosophy of art, especially music.
For those who are already familiar with the combination of argumentative power, conceptual clarity, and humane depth represented by Stephen Davies' writings on music, their high expectations will be handsomely fulfilled by this collection of essays composed between 1980 and 2002. For those who do not know of Davies' work, this collection offers a fine way to become familiar with his writing on the subject. The volume collects pieces ranging over and -- for the most part -- intricately through, issues of musical ontology, performance, expression, and appreciation. Throughout these inquiries Davies shows, as in his earlier work, that he is particularly adept at sorting out the structure of a debate, presenting positions on all sides and providing the reader with a perspicuous overview of the state of play Garry L. Hagberg, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews a collection of important and well-known essays by an nfluential philosopher of music ... Davies is fascinating on his home turf, which is the analytic philosophy of the musical arts, and those who are tempted by or subscribe to this worldview should invest in this book immediately. British Journal of Aesthetics