Lawrence Kramer

in Interpreting Music

Published by University of California Press

Published in print February 2010 | ISBN: 9780520267053
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520947368 | DOI:

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Performance has generated a great deal of interest lately, often coupled with a demotion of the musical work as both fact and value. The critiques come in two broad forms. The first concentrates on the occasion of musical experience, while the second involves a reversal of the traditional, quasi-metaphysical hierarchy of work over performance. This chapter focuses on musical meaning and musical performance. It tropes lightly on the title of a classic little book by Edward T. Cone, Musical Form and Musical Performance. The trope, literally the turn, a turning away or turning aside, lies in the substitution of meaning for form. This change epitomizes much of the recent history of musicology, and reorients musical understanding. It turns from an implicit statement of hierarchy (form over performance) to an implicit statement of reciprocity (meaning with performance). Cone's question was how musical performance, meaning the performance of classical scores, could realize the immanent structures of musical works.

Keywords: musical meaning; musical performance; Edward T. Cone; Musical Performance; musical work; musical experience; form; musicology; classical scores; reciprocity

Chapter.  9182 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Music Theory and Analysis

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