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Authenticities: Philosophical Reflections on Musical Performance

Peter Kivy



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Cornell University Press
27 January 1998
Music; Theory of music & musicology; Techniques of music & music tutorials; Western philosophy, from c 1900 -; Philosophy: aesthetics
In his latest book on the aesthetics of music, Peter Kivy presents an argument not for authenticity but for authenticities of performance, including authenticities of intention, sound, practice, and the authenticity of personal interpretation in performance...

As usual, Kivy's work is beautifully written, well argued, and provocative. -Notes Kivy has provided a sorely needed framework for all future discussion of the authenticity matter. This is his best book, a major contribution to performance studies and to musical aesthetics; likely it will be studied and cited for generations. -Choice Written in lively prose, with a keen sense of reality, [this volume] ought to be of interest not only to philosophers and musicologists, but to all serious lovers of music. -Roger Scruton, Times Literary Supplement The consistent theme running through Kivy's book is the need for interpretation as the personal authenticity and authority of the performer against the ideology both of the composer as genius and of the puritanical devotion to the authority of the text of the early music devotees...

This is a most valuable book, one which constantly surprises and delights through its philosophical insights and informed musical understanding. -British Journal of Aesthetics
By:   Peter Kivy
Imprint:   Cornell University Press
Country of Publication:   United States
Edition:   New edition
Dimensions:   Height: 229mm,  Width: 152mm,  Spine: 18mm
Weight:   28g
ISBN:   9780801484803
ISBN 10:   0801484804
Pages:   320
Publication Date:   27 January 1998
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Professional and scholarly ,  Professional & Vocational ,  A / AS level ,  Further / Higher Education
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Peter Kivy is Professor of Philosophy at Rutgers University. His previous books include Music Alone: Philosophical Reflections on the Purely Musical Experience, also from Cornell.

Reviews for Authenticities: Philosophical Reflections on Musical Performance

Authenticities is an important book, and anyone interested in philosophy of music should read it. Anyone can profit from it as a model of careful and informed conceptual analysis. James O. Young, University of Victoria, The Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism. 1999.

  • Winner of A 1995 Choice Magazine Outstanding Academic Title.

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