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Work, Form and Phonogram: On the Significance of the Concept of Communication for the Modern Western Concept of Music
Örebro University, School of Music, Theatre and Art. (Musikvetenskap)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-5809-3575
2015 (English)In: International Review of the Aesthetics and Sociology of Music, ISSN 0351-5796, E-ISSN 1848-6924, Vol. 46, no 2, p. 207-232Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

According to a well-established view among music historians and other scholars, in the western world a certain understanding of music was established around the year 1800. According to this understanding (still widely embraced today), individual musical works are created by composers and exist thereafter as abstract entities beyond time and space. This well-established view about how music has been understood is here questioned. It is argued that the particular understanding of music according to which individual musical works are created by composers and exist as abstract entities beyond time and space was not established until about a hundred years later, i.e. around the turn of the 20th century. More specifically it is argued that the concept in question required (i) a theoretically elaborated concept of individual work form, and (ii) a particular figure of thought according to which acquaintance with the abstract individual work requires that it be communicated from composer to listener along a “communication chain”. Whereas (i) is necessary to identify what a musical work is, (ii) explains how this work is involved in an exchange between sender and receiver. Not only did the electronic telegraphy contribute significantly to the latter, so did also the phonogram.

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Zagreb: Croatian Musicological Society , 2015. Vol. 46, no 2, p. 207-232
Keywords [en]
Musical Work Concept, Concept of Music, Copyright History, Reification, Communication, Phonogram, Mediatization
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Musicology
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Musicology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-46426ISI: 000367280900001OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-46426DiVA, id: diva2:867649
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Aesthetics, Culture and MediaAvailable from: 2015-11-05 Created: 2015-11-05 Last updated: 2017-12-06Bibliographically approved

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