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An Imaginative Theory of Musical Space and Movement
British Journal of Aesthetics
  • Andrew Kania, Trinity University
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The experience of notes as higher or lower than one another, and of movement within passages of music, underpins many other musical experiences. Several theories of such an experience have been defended, claiming that concepts of space and movement variously play some sort of metaphorical role in our experience, can be eliminated from musical discourse, or apply literally to the music. I argue that all such theories should be rejected in favour of the view that our experience of musical space and movement is imaginative, in much the same way our experience of fiction is widely believed to be.
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Kania, A. (2015). An imaginative theory of musical space and movement. British Journal of Aesthetics, 55, 157-172. doi: 10.1093/aesthj/ayu100