Stephen Davies

in The Oxford Handbook of Aesthetics

Published in print January 2005 | ISBN: 9780199279456
Published online September 2009 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Philosophy


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Despite the attention that the philosophy of music has attracted, the focus of philosophers on music has been rather narrow. Until the 1990s, it fell almost exclusively on the works of Western instrumental classical music, and these were approached for the interest of their form and expressiveness rather than for their wider cultural significance. Since then, there has been a growing interest in performance and improvisation, in popular types of music such as rock, in the technology of recordings, in non-Western music, and in the broader social setting within which music is presented and appreciated.

Keywords: music; philosophy of music; Western music; classical music; technology of recordings; cultural significance

Article.  12374 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy ; Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art

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