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Cross‐Cultural Musical Expressiveness: Theory and the Empirical Programme

Stephen Davies

in The Aesthetic Mind

Published in print October 2011 | ISBN: 9780199691517
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191731815 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199691517.003.0023
Cross‐Cultural Musical Expressiveness: Theory and the Empirical Programme

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In sections I-VII of this chapter I outline the theoretical background for a research programme considering whether the expressiveness of a culture's music can be recognised by people from different musical cultures, that is, by people whose music is syntactically and structurally distinct from that of the target culture. In sections VIII-IX, I examine and assess the cross-cultural studies that have been undertaken by psychologists. Most of these studies are compromised by methodological inadequacies.

Keywords: cross-cultural studies; music; methodology; expressiveness

Chapter.  5934 words. 

Subjects: Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art

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