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The Melody of Time: Music and Temporality in the Romantic Era

Benedict Taylor


From the Romantic era onwards music has been seen as the most quintessentially temporal art, possessing a unique capacity to invoke the human experience of time. Through its play of themes and recurrence of events music has the ability to stylise in multiple ways our temporal relation to the world, with far-reaching implications for modern conceptions of memory, subjectivity, personal and collective identity, and history. Time, as philosophers, scientists, and writers have found throughout history, is notoriously hard to define. Yet music, seemingly bound up so intimately with the nature of ti ... More

Keywords: nineteenth-century music, philosophy of time, musical temporality, memory, subjectivity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780190206055
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190206055.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Benedict Taylor, author
Chancellor's Fellow, Reid School of Music, University of Edinburgh