Department of Philosophy

Royal Institute of Philosophy Seminar

Wednesday 30th March 2011 (10:00-18:00)

Title: “Performing Musical Works Authentically”

Abstract: This paper argues that - within the Western, ‘classical’ tradition - there exists a non-instrumental performance value of authenticity in performance, but that this value is distinct from the two kinds of authenticity recognised in the literature: i.e. historical authenticity and personal authenticity. This performance value I call interpretive authenticity. This notion of interpretive authenticity is elaborated; it is used to correct (I hope) mistakes made about the nature of interpretation and the purpose of performing works in the said tradition; and I tentatively suggest that, within this tradition, interpretive authenticity is the only non-instrumental performance-value there is.

Department of Philosophy

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