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Beyond the Score: Music as Performance

Nicholas Cook


It is as performance that music is loved, understood, and consumed, yet musicologists have traditionally treated it as a kind of text. They have seen meaning as written into the music, implying that performance merely reproduces what is already there: this paradigm of reproduction has prevented musicology from adequately engaging with performance. Beyond the Score is a thoroughgoing attempt to reconceive music as performance, in other words as a real-time practice that affords the production of meaning. That means rethinking familiar assumptions and developing new approaches. Focusing primaril ... More

Keywords: analysis, reproduction, semiotics, computational, performative, ethnography, social, body, recording

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199357406
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199357406.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Nicholas Cook, author
University of Cambridge