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Sound Sentiment An Essay on the Musical Emotions by Peter Kivy, Joseph Margolis

Sound Sentiment An Essay on the Musical Emotions


Part of the The Arts & Their Philosophies S. Series


Sound Sentiment An Essay on the Musical Emotions by Peter Kivy, Joseph Margolis

The Corded Shell: Reflections on Musical Expression , published in 1980 and now out of print, was concerned with the question of how music comes to have the emotional properties that have been perceived in it and ascribed to it since antiquity. In that book, Peter Kivy argued that music possesses expressive properties, not as powers to arouse emotions in us but, rather, as perceived qualities of the music itself. In Sound Sentiment , he augments his previous work with four entirely new chapters. Incorporating the complete, corrected text of The Corded Shell , Kivy brings his earlier arguments up to date in light of recent work in the field, and discusses and answers various criticisms. Author note: Peter Kivy is Professor of Philosophy at Rutgers University and Associate Editor of the Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism . He received the Deems Taylor Award of ASCAP for The Corded Shell .


Kivy's is a lucid and eminently readable account, interesting both historically and conceptually, of musical expressiveness--flexible in that it gives scope to both the contour and the convention models, the account becoming more convincing as one reads, as the theory is applied to more and more specific passages of music, and as one after another bit of irrelevancy or pseudo-mysticism is progressively shucked off. --John Hospers, Journal of Aesthetic Education The Corded Shell, in its clarity, judiciousness, and breadth, will clearly take its place as a major work on musical expression. Those who seek to chart the murky waters of musical aesthetics are permanently in Kivy's debt. --Jerrold Levinson, Canadian Philosophical Review Informed, lucid, and witty, Professor Kivy's argument brings enlightened solace to the musical amateur and tempers the harsh stance of the musical purist. A splendid contribution to the aesthetics of music. --Virginia Quarterly Review

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Publication date

1st October 1989


Peter Kivy, Joseph Margolis

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Temple University Press,U.S.


304 pages


Theory of music & musicology



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