Musical Meaning and Expression
We talk not only of enjoying music, but of understanding it. Music is often taken to have expressive import--and in that sense to have meaning. But what does music mean, and how does it mean?Stephen Davies addresses these questions in this sophisticated and knowledgeable overview of current theories in the philosophy of music. Reviewing and criticizing the aesthetic positions of recent years, he offers a spirited explanation of his own position.
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CHAPTER ONE Music and Language
The Theories of Cooke and Meyer 2 5
Natural versus NonNatural Meaning 3 6
CHAPTER TWO Music and Pictures
The Argument against Musical Representation
CHAPTER THREE Music and Symbols
Pratts Theory of Musical Expression
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