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The Imaginary Museum of Musical Works: An Essay in the Philosophy of Music

Lydia Goehr


What is the difference between a performance of Beethoven's Fifth Symphony and the symphony itself? What does it mean for musicians to be faithful to the works they perform? To answer such questions, Lydia Goehr combines philosophical and historical methods of enquiry. Finding Anglo‐American philosophy inadequate for the task, she shows that a historical perspective is indispensable to a full understanding of musical ontology. Goehr examines the concepts and assumptions behind the practice of classical music in the nineteenth century and demonstrates how different they were from those of previ ... More

Keywords: absolute music, analytic approach, Beethoven paradigm, classical music, extra‐musical, historical approach, musical work, ontology, regulative concept, werktreue, work concept

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1994 Print ISBN-13: 9780198235415
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003 DOI:10.1093/0198235410.001.0001


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Lydia Goehr, author
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