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Musical Meaning and Expression Hardcover – July 1, 1994

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  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Cornell Univ Pr (July 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0801429307
  • ISBN-13: 978-0801429309
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 6.2 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,352,410 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The issue most successfully addressed is one's ability to make general conclusions about the response to music, which by its very nature is highly personal."—Choice

"Comprehensive, interesting, and important."—Jenefer Robinson, The Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism. 1999. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

More About the Author

Stephen Davies teaches philosophy at the University of Auckland. He publishes mainly on aesthetics and the philosophy of art and is a former President of the American Society for Aesthetics. He has also published on Balinese music and dance and in ornithological journals.

Contact: sj.davies@auckland.ac.nz

For further information, go to:
http://artsfaculty.auckland.ac.nz/staff/?UPI=sdav056&Name=Stephen Davies

For the blog of The Artful Species, go to:
(Includes a file of web resources that accompany the book.)

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jorge F. Maldonado Serrano on July 18, 2006
Format: Paperback
This book clarifies the problem between language and music. The problem is that we have historically confused them. The similarities between language and music have led us to think that there is a deeper relation. Anyhow, Davies examines, I would say exhaustively, the idea that music has meaning in any sense. Maybe against Nicholas Cook's "The Language of Music" and more up to date than Leonard B. Meyer's "Emotion and Meaning in Music", this book is a must for anyone who wnats to clear up the problems (even the philosophical ones) about music.
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