The Imaginary Museum of Musical Works: An Essay in the Philosophy of Music

The Imaginary Museum of Musical Works: An Essay in the Philosophy of Music

Lydia Goehr


what's thinking about the composition, functionality, and reception of classical tune? What are we doing once we take heed to this song heavily? Why while taking part in a Beethoven sonata do performers start with the 1st notice indicated within the rating; why do not they be happy to improvise round the sonata's valuable subject? Why, eventually, does it cross opposed to culture for an viewers at a live performance of classical song to faucet its toes? sure up in those questions is the overriding query of what it potential philosophically, musically, and traditionally for musicians to discuss tune when it comes to "works".

In this publication, Lydia Goehr describes how the idea that of a musical paintings totally crystallized round 1800, and for that reason outlined the norms, expectancies, and behavioral styles that experience come to represent classical musical perform. the outline is decided within the context of a extra normal philosophical account of the increase and fall of suggestions and beliefs, and in their normative capabilities; even as, debates among conductors, early-music performers, and avant-gardists are addressed.

The Imaginary Museum of Musical Works is a seminal paintings of scholarship, and has seemed in an spectacular number of contexts and disciplines from musicological and philosophical seeing that its preliminary ebook. This moment version incorporates a new Introductory Essay via the writer, discussing the genesis of her groundbreaking thesis, how her next paintings has and built related topics, and the way criticisms alongside the best way have proficient not just her personal paintings however the "Imaginary Museum" thought extra ordinarily because it unfold throughout disciplinary strains. A provocative foreword by means of Richard Taruskin contextualizes Goehr's argument and issues to its carrying on with centrality to the field.

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