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Beyond the ScoreMusic as Performance$
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Nicholas Cook

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199357406

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199357406.001.0001

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Plato’s Curse

Plato’s Curse

(p.8) 1 Plato’s Curse
Beyond the Score

Nicholas Cook

Oxford University Press

Musicological neglect of performance and performers has deep philosophical roots, reinforced by the philological turn of nineteenth-century culture as well as by twentieth-century modernism: thinking in musicology, aesthetics, and copyright law have all been conditioned by what the chapter calls the paradigm of reproduction. Following a historical exploration of the textualist assumptions underlying present-day thinking about musical performance, the chapter contrasts the performative turn that swept through a range of humanities and social sciences in the final decades of the twentieth century with developments in music and musicology during the same period, giving particular attention to historically informed performance (HIP). The chapter concludes with an outline of psychological approaches to performance during the same period: these embodied many of the traditional assumptions referred to and were closely related to contemporaneous developments in music theory.

Keywords:   text, reproduction, performative, psychology, aesthetics, copyright, HIP

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