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Historical Formalism In Music: Toward A Philosophical Theory Of Musical Form, Andrea Baldini Jan 2014

Historical Formalism In Music: Toward A Philosophical Theory Of Musical Form, Andrea Baldini

Contemporary Aesthetics (Journal)

In this paper I begin to fashion a theory of musical form that I call historical formalism. Historical formalism posits that our perception of the formal properties of a musical work is informed by considerations not only of artistic categories but also of the historical, sociopolitical, and cultural circumstances within which that work was composed.