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Musical Works and Performances: A Philosophical Exploration

Stephen Davies


This book provides a contextualist ontology of musical works, distinguishing works for playback from ones for performance and, among the latter, studio from live performances. Works are variously thick or thin to the extent that they determine details of their faithful renditions. Through the element of interpretation, performances are richer in constitutive properties than are the works they faithfully present. Features of the musico‐historical context in which the work is created affect what the composer can make work‐determinative via the scores he issues as instructions to performers. Scor ... More

Keywords: aesthetics, authenticity, contextualism, Stephen Davies, interpretation, music, musical performance, musical score, musical work, ontology, performance, philosophy of art, philosophy of music

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2001 Print ISBN-13: 9780199241583
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003 DOI:10.1093/0199241589.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Stephen Davies, author
University of Auckland, New Zealand
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