Musical Works and Orchestral Colour

Show simple item record Davies, Stephen en 2015-09-08T01:29:57Z en 2008 en
dc.identifier.citation British Journal of Aesthetics, 2008, 48 (4), pp. 363 - 375 en
dc.identifier.issn 0007-0904 en
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dc.description.abstract In music ontology, 'pure' formalists regard musical works as 'colourless' sound structures. One alternative, known as timbral sonicism, accepts that a musical work's orchestral colour is a factor in its identity, but denies that the use of the specified instruments is required for an authentic rendition of the work provided that sounds as of those instruments are achieved. This position has been defended by Julian Dodd. In arguing against his view, I appeal to empirical work showing that composers, musicians, and listeners typically hear through music to the actions that go into its production. In this respect, musical listening reflects the standard account of 'ecological hearing'; we appreciate sounds as providing information about their sources rather than for their intrinsic qualities. On this basis, I suggest that musical instruments are not merely means to the production of the sounds of performances. Their use is mandated if such performances are to be properly formed. More specifically, when composers are able to make the instrumentation of their compositions central to the identity of those compositions, accurate performances must involve the appropriate use of the specified instruments. en
dc.relation.ispartofseries British Journal of Aesthetics en
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dc.title Musical Works and Orchestral Colour en
dc.type Journal Article en
dc.identifier.doi 10.1093/aesthj/ayn048 en
pubs.issue 4 en
pubs.begin-page 363 en
pubs.volume 48 en
dc.description.version AM - Accepted Manuscript en
pubs.end-page 375 en
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pubs.subtype Article en
pubs.elements-id 80369 en Arts en Humanities en Philosophy en
pubs.record-created-at-source-date 2010-09-01 en

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