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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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The Experience of Music

The Experience of Music

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(p.129) 8 The Experience of Music
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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/9780199608775.003.0009

I consider various aspects of the listener's experience of music: whether music conveys ineffable truths and the subtle uniqueness with which particular works express rather general emotions; whether we can experience historically distant works as the composer's contemporaries would have done (and whether it matters if we cannot); whether music's value can be explained in terms of the pleasure it provides; what we can find in a work as a result of re-hearing it many times; and how hearing and re-hearing recordings differs from hearing live performances.

Keywords:   music, listener, experience, ineffability, pleasure, live performances, recordings

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