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Kivy, Peter

Works: 67 works in 441 publications in 5 languages and 16,144 library holdings
Genres: History  Essays  Criticism, interpretation, etc 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other
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Most widely held works by Peter Kivy
The possessor and the possessed : Handel, Mozart, Beethoven, and the idea of musical genius by Peter Kivy( )

15 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 1,948 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Peter Kivy, a leading thinker in musical aesthetics, delineates the two concepts of genius that were already well formed in the ancient world. Combining philosophy and the history of ideas, Kivy then develops the argument that these concepts have alternately held sway in Western thought since the beginning of the eighteenth century. He explores why this pendulum swing from the concept of the possessor to the concept of the possessed has occurred and how these concepts were given philosophical reformulations as views toward Handel, Mozart, and Beethoven as geniuses changed in the eighteenth, nineteenth, and twentieth centuries."--Jacket
Music, language, and cognition : and other essays in the aesthetics of music by Peter Kivy( )

20 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 1,655 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Music, Language, and Cognition is the third collection of Peter Kivy's seminal papers in the philosophy of music. In essays which span his earliest work in the field and his more recent contributions to journals, anthologies, and conference proceedings, Kivy considers the origin of music, the medium of expression in opera, the role of music in film, the nature of an 'ideal' performance, and the question of whether absolute music has a meaning, among other issues. Rich with critical analysis and informed by the history of both philosophy and music, this volume will be of interest to anyone who likes not only to listen to music, but to think about it as well."--Jacket
The Blackwell guide to aesthetics by Peter Kivy( )

30 editions published between 2003 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 1,265 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Written by an assembly of leading philosophers of art, 18 papers survey the central issues in contemporary aesthetics, developing the themes, discussing the problems, and evaluating the arguments of the main topics in aesthetics today
Antithetical arts : on the ancient quarrel between literature and music by Peter Kivy( )

25 editions published between 2009 and 2011 in English and held by 1,062 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Peter Kivy presents a 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. He also discusses interpretations of a range of works in the canon
Sounding off : eleven essays in the philosophy of music by Peter Kivy( )

12 editions published in 2012 in English and Undetermined and held by 760 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Sounding Off brings together a selection of essays on philosophy of music written by Peter Kivy--the leading expert on the subject. The essays fall into four groups, corresponding to Kivy's major interests. Part I contains two essays on the nature of musical genius. In Part II, three essays take up the subject of authenticity in performance, and explore what Kivy terms 'the authenticity of interpretation'. Part III contains four essays concerning the much discussed issues of musical representation and musical meaning. Finally, Part IV consists of three essays on the 'pure musical parameters': these are essays on 'music alone' or 'absolute music'--music as the pure, formal structure of (sometimes) expressive sound. Eight of the eleven essays presented here are previously unpublished, and the book includes two appendices which provide Kivy's responses to criticism."--Pub. webpage
Music alone : philosophical reflections on the purely musical experience by Peter Kivy( Book )

23 editions published between 1990 and 2009 in English and held by 755 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Authenticities : philosophical reflections on musical performance by Peter Kivy( Book )

19 editions published between 1995 and 1998 in English and Undetermined and held by 728 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

It is his hope that his book provides the groundwork for dialogue between musicians and philosophers
Sound and semblance : reflections on musical representation by Peter Kivy( Book )

16 editions published between 1984 and 1991 in English and held by 689 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Osmin's rage : philosophical reflections on opera, drama, and text by Peter Kivy( Book )

12 editions published between 1988 and 1999 in English and held by 647 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

While at work on The Abduction from the Seraglio, Mozart posed for himself the great aesthetic conundrum of opera: how does drama become music? Reflecting, in a letter to his father, on the angry outburst of his operatic villain Osmin, he wrote, "Just as a man in such a towering rage oversteps all the bounds of order, moderation and propriety and completely forgets himself, so must the music too forget itself." And yet, as Mozart went on to say, unpleasant emotions must not be expressed in unpleasant music. Even in depicting anger, music "must never offend the ear, but must please the hearer, or in other words must never cease to be music." In Peter Kivy's view, Mozart has here summarized the problem of opera: the transmutation of music into drama while remaining within the bounds of pure musical form. For to transgress these bounds would be to give up the game--to represent, perhaps, but not to represent in music. In pursuit of an understanding of such limits, Professor Kivy focuses on three crucial stages in operatic history--the invention of opera, Handelian opera seria, and the comic operas of Mozart. From the confrontation of philosophical theory and musical practice, he extracts an operatic "essence" that is characterized as "drama-made-music," as contrasted with "music drama." In conclusion, he compares the concept of "drama-made music" with other concepts of opera, especially Joseph Kerman's, and provides a philosophical rationale for its unique character [Publisher description]
The fine art of repetition : essays in the philosophy of music by Peter Kivy( Book )

14 editions published between 1993 and 2008 in English and held by 609 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Collection of essays on the following issues: music and the liberal education, work and performance, the world of opera, music and the history of ideas, music and emotion, and music alone
Philosophies of arts : an essay in differences by Peter Kivy( Book )

12 editions published between 1997 and 2004 in English and held by 598 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Since the beginning of the eighteenth century the philosophy of art has been engaged in the project of finding out what the fine arts might have in common, and thus how they might be defined. Peter Kivy's purpose in this very accessible and lucid book is to trace the history of that enterprise and then to argue that the definitional project has been unsuccessful, with absolute music as the continual stumbling block. He offers what he believes is a fruitful change of strategy: instead of undertaking an obsessive quest for sameness, let us explore the differences among the arts. He presents five case studies of such differences, three from literature, two from music. With its combination of historical and analytic approaches this book will appeal to a wide range of readers in philosophy, literary studies, and music, as well as to nonacademic readers with an interest in the arts. Its vivid style requires no technical knowledge of music on the part of the reader
Introduction to a philosophy of music by Peter Kivy( Book )

17 editions published between 2002 and 2010 in English and held by 578 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Philosophy of music has flourished in the last thirty years, with great advances made in the understanding of the nature of music and its aesthetics. Peter Kivy has been at the centre of this flourishing, and now offers his personal introduction to philosophy of music, a clear and lively explanation of how he sees the most important and interesting philosophical issues relating to music." "Anyone interested in music will find this a stimulating introduction to some fascinating questions and ideas."--Jacket
The corded shell : reflections on musical expression by Peter Kivy( )

9 editions published in 1980 in English and held by 561 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

New essays on musical understanding by Peter Kivy( Book )

14 editions published between 2001 and 2005 in English and Spanish and held by 556 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In New Essays on Musical Understanding Peter Kivy presents a selection of his new and recent writings on the philosophy of music, a subject to which he has for many years been one of the most eminent contributors." "In his distinctively elegant and informal style, Kivy explores such topics as musicology and its history, the nature of musical works, and the role of emotion in music, in a way that will attract the interest of philosophical and musical readers alike." "Most of the essays are published here for the first time, all of them are accessible and self-standing, and so there is much here to delight both followers of Kivy's work and those who are new to it."--Jacket
The performance of reading : an essay in the philosophy of literature by Peter Kivy( Book )

26 editions published between 2006 and 2009 in English and Undetermined and held by 531 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In this essay, Peter Kivy argues that there are distinct analogies between "silent" reading and performance. Readers have an "experience" when they read silently to themselves akin to the experience one would have had when the rhapsode recited Homer to the citizens of Plato's Athens. Kivy makes the case for a deeper understanding and appreciation of literary works by suggesting that readers are performers of the works they read, and their performances recitations to the "inner ear.""--Jacket
Sound sentiment : an essay on the musical emotions, including the complete text of The Corded shell by Peter Kivy( Book )

9 editions published in 1989 in English and held by 404 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The seventh sense : Francis Hutcheson and eighteenth-century British aesthetics by Peter Kivy( Book )

21 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 398 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Seventh Sense is the definitive study of the aesthetic theory of the great eighteenth-century philosopher Francis Hutcheson, arguably the founder of the modern discipline of aesthetics, and one of the most important figures of the Scottish Enlightenment. This new edition brings Peter Kivy's seminal work back into print, substantially expanded by the addition of eight essays, which deal primarily with Hutcheson's relation to other thinkers, and his influence on eighteenth- and early nineteenth century aesthetics. -- Book cover
Once-told tales : an essay in literary aesthetics by Peter Kivy( )

16 editions published between 2011 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 375 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Human beings are captivated by stories. In the modern world we consume fiction as literature, at a huge rate, whether on paper or electronic devices - but what is at the heart of the experience of the novel, of silent reading? Philosophers of art have traditionally focused on a reading experience in which novels are read, re-read, savored, and studied in depth. In this book, Peter Kivy looks at the more common experience of a reader who just reads a novel once, or who, if they do read it again, do so for the same reasons that they read it the first time: to be told a story. This is not the reading experience of the scholar or critic, but that of the average reader, and it represents an engagement with the age-old experience of storytelling that is bound up with the very beginnings of humanity. Drawing comparisons with other art forms, this book examines the role of aesthetic features in silent reading, such as narrative structure, and pursues the experiential core of what it is to read a novel: a tale once-told"--
Thomas Reid's Lectures on the fine arts by Thomas Reid( Book )

14 editions published in 1973 in English and French and held by 350 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Francis Hutcheson: an inquiry concerning beauty, order, harmony, design by Francis Hutcheson( Book )

6 editions published in 1973 in English and held by 338 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Antithetical arts : on the ancient quarrel between literature and music
Music, language, and cognition : and other essays in the aesthetics of musicThe Blackwell guide to aestheticsAntithetical arts : on the ancient quarrel between literature and musicAuthenticities : philosophical reflections on musical performanceOsmin's rage : philosophical reflections on opera, drama, and textThe fine art of repetition : essays in the philosophy of musicPhilosophies of arts : an essay in differencesIntroduction to a philosophy of music
Alternative Names
Peter Kivy American musicologist

Peter Kivy Amerikaans musicoloog

키비, 피터

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