Musical Meaning and Expression

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Cornell University Press, 1994 - Music - 417 pages
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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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Contents

CHAPTER ONE Music and Language
1
The Theories of Cooke and Meyer 2 5
25
Natural versus NonNatural Meaning 3 6
36
CHAPTER TWO Music and Pictures
51
The Argument against Musical Representation
79
CHAPTER THREE Music and Symbols
123
Pratts Theory of Musical Expression
134
Metaphor
150
CHAPTER FOUR The Feelings of the Composer and the Listener
167
CHAPTER FIVE The Expression of Emotion in Music
201
CHAPTER SIX The Response to Musics Expressiveness
279
CHAPTER SEVEN Musical Understanding
321
Works Cited
381
Index
405
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Aesthetic Value
Alan H. Goldman
Limited preview - 1995
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Stephen Davies teaches philosophy at the University of Auckland.

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