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Musical Understandings and Other Essays on the Philosophy of Music$
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Stephen Davies

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199608775

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199608775.001.0001

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Once Again, This Time with Feeling

Once Again, This Time with Feeling

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(p.66) 5 Once Again, This Time with Feeling
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Musical Understandings and Other Essays on the Philosophy of Music
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Stephen Davies

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199608775.003.0006

I argue against an account of expressiveness in musical performance that models it after quotation effected through the induction or simulation of an emotional state. A preferable view holds that, if the music's expressiveness is an objective property of the music, the performance will be appropriately expressive so long as it realizes the relevant properties, which is achieved by following the score accurately. But in addition, the player usually makes a crucial contribution to the performance's expressiveness through her interpretation of the piece, both as regards her treatment of detail and her overall shaping of the performance.

Keywords:   musical performance, expressiveness, emotional state, interpretation, detail

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