The Recorded Musical Text

Arved Ashby

in Absolute Music, Mechanical Reproduction

Published by University of California Press

Published in print June 2010 | ISBN: 9780520264793
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520945692 | DOI:
The Recorded Musical Text

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This chapter discusses the performance of art music as a phenomenon that changes when it becomes permanent, and studies the ontological role of recordings in relation to performance. It tries to determine whether the recorded performance replaces the musical work any more or less than the live performance, regardless of whether it is understood as a sounding entity or as a commercial or physical object. The chapter also studies how useful the conventional notion of recording as documentation is, and considers the possible function of recording as performing the performance.

Keywords: performance; art music; ontological role; recordings; recorded performance; musical work; live performance; sounding entity; documentation

Chapter.  13880 words. 

Subjects: Applied Music

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