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The Experience of Music

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199608775.003.0009
The Experience of Music

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I consider various aspects of the listener's experience of music: whether music conveys ineffable truths and the subtle uniqueness with which particular works express rather general emotions; whether we can experience historically distant works as the composer's contemporaries would have done (and whether it matters if we cannot); whether music's value can be explained in terms of the pleasure it provides; what we can find in a work as a result of re-hearing it many times; and how hearing and re-hearing recordings differs from hearing live performances.

Keywords: music; listener; experience; ineffability; pleasure; live performances; recordings

Chapter.  5671 words. 

Subjects: Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art

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