Ruminations on Music as an Exemplary Art
- Arnold Berleant (see profile)
- Music, Language and languages, Aesthetics
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- musical language, musical experience, aesthetic appreciation, language of music, musical object, Language
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- Music has a remarkable self-sufficiency. Faltering explanations such as language, symbol, emotion, or expression seem to reflect the preconceptions of the listener, the critic, or the theorist rather than the experience of the music. All claim to explain music in terms of something else. Where is the music in such explanations? Music loses its integrity through translation into similes, metaphors, or its accompanying effects. How, then, can we explain the fascination that music continues to exert on us?
- This is a composite version developed from two papers published in New Sound: "Ruminations on Music as an Exemplary Art," New Sound 40/2 (2012), 201-8; and "Further Ruminations on Music," New Sound, International Journal of Music, Issue 50, 2017, 129-137.
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