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Absolute Music, Mechanical Reproduction$
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Arved Ashby

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780520264793

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520264793.001.0001

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The Recorded Musical Text

The Recorded Musical Text

(p.27) 1. The Recorded Musical Text
Absolute Music, Mechanical Reproduction

Arved Ashby

University of California Press

This chapter discusses the performance of art music as a phenomenon that changes when it becomes permanent, and studies the ontological role of recordings in relation to performance. It tries to determine whether the recorded performance replaces the musical work any more or less than the live performance, regardless of whether it is understood as a sounding entity or as a commercial or physical object. The chapter also studies how useful the conventional notion of recording as documentation is, and considers the possible function of recording as performing the performance.

Keywords:   performance, art music, ontological role, recordings, recorded performance, musical work, live performance, sounding entity, documentation

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