The Musician as Interpreter (Studies of the Greater Philadelphia Philosophy Consortium)

The Musician as Interpreter (Studies of the Greater Philadelphia Philosophy Consortium)

By: Paul Thom (author)Paperback

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Among the many practices in which musicians engage are several that may be viewed as modes of interpretation, a kind of interpretation that Paul Thom calls "performative" to contrast it with another kind he calls "critical." The difference is that the latter discusses a musical work; the former presents or enacts it. This book aims at making the case for understanding these activities of transcribing, varying, and realizing music as all forms of interpretation and, indeed, for seeing performative interpretation overall as a paradigm of what interpretation is. Thom devotes a chapter to each of the three types and, to make his philosophical points musically concrete, provides a wealth of illustrations ranging from classical music to jazz and involving performers as diverse as Toscanini and Billie Holiday.

About Author

Paul Thom is Professor of Philosophy and Executive Dean of Arts at Southern Cross University in New South Wales, Australia.


Contents List of Musical Examples Acknowledgments Introduction 1. Transcriptions 2. Variations 3. Realizations 4. Interpretations Bibliography Index

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9780271031996
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 128
  • ID: 9780271031996
  • weight: 227
  • ISBN10: 0271031999

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