Once Again, This Time with Feeling

Stephen Davies

in Musical Understandings and Other Essays on the Philosophy of Music

Published in print August 2011 | ISBN: 9780199608775
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191729669 | DOI:
Once Again, This Time with Feeling

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I argue against an account of expressiveness in musical performance that models it after quotation effected through the induction or simulation of an emotional state. A preferable view holds that, if the music's expressiveness is an objective property of the music, the performance will be appropriately expressive so long as it realizes the relevant properties, which is achieved by following the score accurately. But in addition, the player usually makes a crucial contribution to the performance's expressiveness through her interpretation of the piece, both as regards her treatment of detail and her overall shaping of the performance.

Keywords: musical performance; expressiveness; emotional state; interpretation; detail

Chapter.  2483 words. 

Subjects: Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art

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