Antithetical Arts: On the Ancient Quarrel Between Literature and Music

OUP Oxford (2011)
Peter Kivy presents a fascinating critical examination of the two rival ways of understanding instrumental music. He argues against 'literary' interpretation in terms of representational or narrative content, and defends musical formalism. Along the way he discusses interpretations of a range of works in the canon of absolute music
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DOI 10.1111/j.1540-6245.2009.01372_8.x
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