Kivy on justifying music in liberal education

Goodrich, R. A. 2002, Kivy on justifying music in liberal education, Journal of aesthetic education, vol. 36, no. 1, Spring, pp. 50-59.

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Title Kivy on justifying music in liberal education
Author(s) Goodrich, R. A.
Journal name Journal of aesthetic education
Volume number 36
Issue number 1
Season Spring
Start page 50
End page 59
Publisher University of Illinois Press
Place of publication Champaign, Ill.
Publication date 2002
ISSN 0021-8510
Summary Within analytical aesthetic circles, Peter Kivy is best known for re-igniting the debate inaugurated by Eduard Hanslick over the issue of whether or not music of the purely instrumental or absolute kind can be said to express a content, and, if so, whether or not listeners' emotional responses to it bear any relation to that content. Kivy's particular contribution countenances the possibility of interpreting the appearance of a musical work as expressive - be it the percussive Allegro barbara [1911] by Bela Bartok or the lyrical Adagio for Strings {1936] by Samuel Barber - without having to presume that music itself, being non-sentient by nature, possesses any emotional, subjective state.  This short essay, however, will critically examine a rather neglected facet of Kivy's prolific writings. In a relatively recent attempt to justify the place of purely instrumental music in liberal education without drawing upon the above-mentioned notion of expressiveness, Kivy reconceptualizes the matter in a manner that significantly shifts us from the dominant epistemological arena of debate. No longer are we to dispute the place of music within the terms set by the highly influential forms-of-knowledge approach revived by P.H. Hirst a generation ago and currently under revision by Jim McKenzie in terms of forms of argumentative discourse. But before first surveying and then critically assessing Kivy's proposal, perhaps we should briefly remind ourselves of the contrasting frame of reference associated with Hirst.
Language eng
Field of Research 220301 Aesthetics
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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