The thought of music

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Oakland, California : University of California Press,, United States, p.xix, 204 pages : (2016)

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OCLC: 920672186


History and criticism., Knowledge, Theory of., Music, Musicology, Musicology., Musikalische Semiotik., Musikphilosophie., Musikwissenschaft., Philosophy and aesthetics.


Includes bibliographical references and indexes.Music and the forms of thought -- Speaking of music : in search of an idiom -- The ineffable and how (not) to say it -- Pleasure and valuation -- The cultural field : beyond context -- Virtuosity, reading, authorship : a genealogy -- The newer musicology? Collaboration in theory and practice -- Postscript : imagining the score."What, exactly, is knowledge of music? And what does it tell us about humanistic knowledge in general? The Thought of Music, completing a trilogy on musical understanding with Interpreting Music and Expression and Truth, grapples directly with these fundamental questions--questions especially compelling at a time when humanistic knowledge is enmeshed in debates about its character and future. Lawrence Kramer seeks answers in both thought about music and thought in music--thinking in tones. He skillfully assesses musical scholarship in the aftermath of critical musicology and musical hermeneutics and in view of more recent concerns with embodiment, affect, and performance. This authoritative and timely work challenges the prevailing conceptions of every topic it addresses: language, context, and culture; pleasure and performance; and, through music, the foundations of understanding in the humanities."--Provided by publisher.