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Nicholas Cook, Beyond the Score: Music as Performance (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013). xiv + 458 pp. £32.99 (hb). ISBN 978‐0‐19‐935740‐6.

Nicholas Cook, Beyond the Score: Music as Performance (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013).... DOI: 10.1111/musa.12077 Nicholas Cook, Beyond the Score: Music as Performance (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013). xiv + 458 pp. £32.99 (hb). ISBN 978-0-19-935740-6. There is no doubting the stunning array of diverse sources, the remarkable interdisciplinary scope, and the lucidity of expression with which Nicholas Cook has long been associated, in what could be considered his magnum opus; and, although he takes more than 400 pages to expound on it, the central claim is superficially simple. 1. Music – or at least Western art music – is normally performed; in other words, we normally listen to a performance (whether live or recorded). This means that 2. not only does the score fail to represent much that is apparent in a performance, but each performance is different, and so 3. any approach which focuses entirely, or primarily, on what is represented (or can be represented) in the score, and does so with an emphasis on structure, will inevitably remain occupied with an abstraction and risk positing the self-contained musical work as an ideal object or structural entity, such that 4. any given performance will be conceived as little more than a contingent instantiation, which may be more or less successful http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Music Analysis Wiley

Nicholas Cook, Beyond the Score: Music as Performance (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013). xiv + 458 pp. £32.99 (hb). ISBN 978‐0‐19‐935740‐6.

Music Analysis , Volume 35 (3) – Oct 1, 2016

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Music Analysis © 2016 John Wiley & Sons Ltd
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DOI: 10.1111/musa.12077 Nicholas Cook, Beyond the Score: Music as Performance (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013). xiv + 458 pp. £32.99 (hb). ISBN 978-0-19-935740-6. There is no doubting the stunning array of diverse sources, the remarkable interdisciplinary scope, and the lucidity of expression with which Nicholas Cook has long been associated, in what could be considered his magnum opus; and, although he takes more than 400 pages to expound on it, the central claim is superficially simple. 1. Music – or at least Western art music – is normally performed; in other words, we normally listen to a performance (whether live or recorded). This means that 2. not only does the score fail to represent much that is apparent in a performance, but each performance is different, and so 3. any approach which focuses entirely, or primarily, on what is represented (or can be represented) in the score, and does so with an emphasis on structure, will inevitably remain occupied with an abstraction and risk positing the self-contained musical work as an ideal object or structural entity, such that 4. any given performance will be conceived as little more than a contingent instantiation, which may be more or less successful

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Music AnalysisWiley

Published: Oct 1, 2016

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