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Interpreting Music

Lawrence Kramer


This book is a comprehensive discussion on understanding musical meaning and performing music meaningfully—“interpreting music” in both senses of the term. Synthesizing and advancing two decades of work, it fundamentally rethinks the concepts of work, score, performance, performativity, interpretation, and meaning—even the very concept of music—while breaking down conventional wisdom and received ideas. The book argues that music, far from being closed to interpretation, is ideally open to it, and that musical interpretation is the paradigm of interpretation in general. It illustrates the many ... More

Keywords: musical meaning, work, score, performance, performativity, interpretation, concept, repertoire

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780520267053
Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520267053.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Lawrence Kramer, author