Musical Performance: A Philosophical Study
Most music we hear comes to us via a recording medium on which sound has been stored. Such remoteness of music heard from music made has become so commonplace it is rarely considered.
Musical Performance: A Philosophical Study considers the implications of this separation for live musical performance and music-making. Rather than examining the composition or perception of music as most philosophical accounts of music do, Stan Godlovitch takes up the problem of how the tradition of active music playing and performing has been challenged by technology and what problems this poses for philosophical aesthetics. Where does does the value of musical performance lie? Is human performance of music a mere transfer medium? Is the performance of music more expressive than recorded music? Musical Performance poses questions such as these to develop a fascinating account of music today. musicians - but via some recording medium on which sound has been stored.
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Performance and the aesthetics of music
The contents surveyed
Central aspects of performance
A model of musical performance
Is performance necessary?
performing as storytelling
Computers readymades and artistic agency
Experiments with musical agency
Quasireadymade experimental performance
Constituents of performance
Skills and Guilds
Skills primary causes and primary crafts
The Guild tradition
Challenges to the model
Performances and musical works
Improvisation and scoreguided playing
Fidelity musicality and instantiation
The fixity of the work
Musical instantiation as invited variety
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