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The Musical Work: Reality or Invention?Reality or Invention?$
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Michael Talbot

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780853238256

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846313615

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The Musical Artwork and its Materials in the Music and Aesthetics of Busoni

The Musical Artwork and its Materials in the Music and Aesthetics of Busoni

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The Musical Work: Reality or Invention?

John Williamson

Liverpool University Press

This chapter explores the musical artwork and its materials in the music and aesthetics of Ferruccio Busoni (1866–1924), a composer, transcriber, pianist and essayist. Busoni adopted a highly individual stance concerning musical work and its arrangements, relating both the original and its transcription to what he called an ‘Ur-Musik’: an ideal, latent music waiting for its necessarily incomplete and imperfect realisation by composer and executant. His most substantial aesthetic work, Entwurf einer neuen Ästhetik der Tonkunst, raises a number of questions about music in general and artworks in particular. He characterised musical work in a manner that allows for creation while also drifting towards discovery of some pre-existing type that renders all notations transcriptions.

Keywords:   Ferruccio Busoni, musical artwork, music, aesthetics, musical work, Ur-Musik, transcription

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