The Fine Art of Repetition: Essays in the Philosophy of Music
Cambridge University Press, Feb 26, 1993 - Philosophy - 373 pages
Peter Kivy is the author of many books on the history of art and, in particular, the aesthetics of music. This collection of essays spans a period of some thirty years and focuses on a richly diverse set of issues: the biological origins of music, the role of music in the liberal education, the nature of the musical work and its performance, the aesthetics of opera, the emotions of music, and the very nature of music itself. Some of these subjects are viewed as part of the history of ideas, others as current problems in the philosophy of art. A particular feature of the volume is that Kivy avoids the use of musical notation so that no technical knowledge at all is required to appreciate his work. The essays will prove enjoyable and insightful not just to professionals in the philosophy of art and musicologists, or to musicians themselves, but also to any motivated general reader with a deep interest in music.
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Music and the liberal education
WORK AND PERFORMANCE
Platonism in music A kind of defense
Platonism in music Another kind of defense
Live performances and dead composers On the ethics of musical interpretation
On the concept of the historically authentic performance
THE WORLD OF OPERA
Child Mozart as an aesthetic symbol
Charles Darwin on music
MUSIC AND EMOTION
Mattheson as philosopher of art
Kant and the Affektenlehre What he said and what I wish he had said
Something Ive always wanted to know about Hanslick
What was Hanslick denying?
A new music criticism?
Opera talk A philosophical phantasie
How did Mozart do it? Living conditions in the world of opera
How did Mozart do it? Replies to some critics
MUSIC AND THE HISTORY OF IDEAS
Mozart and monotheism An essay in spurious aesthetics
The fine art of repetition
Is music an art?
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