Versions of Musical Works and Literary Translations

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:
Versions of Musical Works and Literary Translations

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The composition of a musical work can overshoot its completion. Though the piece is finished, what should be work-determinative features are altered. I call the results “work-versions”. These can be produced by the work's composer or by others. Work-versions are distinct both from performers' interpretations (and from what I call “interpretation-versions”) and from new but derivative works, such as transcriptions. Translations of literary works are perhaps nearer to musical work-versions than to musical transcriptions.

Keywords: musical works; version; transcription; interpretation; literary translation

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Subjects: Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art

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