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The quest for voice : on music, politics, and the limits of philosophy : the 1997 Ernest Bloch lectures

Author: Lydia Goehr
Publisher: Berkeley, Calif. : University of California Press, ©1998.
Series: Ernest Bloch lectures.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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What is musical meaning? Where does it reside and how can it be known? Does it make a difference to its meaning if the music is composed with or without words, as a symphony or a song? Why is it claimed that music can express human feelings with an immediacy not possible in other languages or arts? What is contained in the claim that music is autonomous, or that it is prophetic and can articulate a 'politics for the
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Named Person: Richard Wagner; Richard Wagner
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Lydia Goehr
ISBN: 0520214129 9780520214125
OCLC Number: 239632092
Description: x, 237 pages ; 23 cm.
Contents: 1. Secrecy and Silence: An Introduction to Music and its Metaphor --
2. Die Meistersinger: Wagner's Exemplary Lesson --
3. The Quest for Voice: Resituating Musical Autonomy --
4. Conflicting Ideals of Performance Perfection in an Imperfect Practice --
5. Music and Musicians in Exile: The Romantic Legacy of a Double Life.
Series Title: Ernest Bloch lectures.
Responsibility: Lydia Goehr.

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"This is the work of a distinguished philosopher and a well-trained musician with a sophisticated sense of history. If the musical and the musicological world were inhabited by Goehrs, it would be a  Read more...

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