The Performing Arts
This book provides an accessible, yet sophisticated, introduction to the significant philosophical issues concerning the performing arts.
Chapter 1 The Nature of Artistic Performance.
II What is a performance?
III `Institutional` theories of artistic performance.
IV `Aesthetic` theories of artistic performance.
V Artistic performance and `artistic regard`.
Chapter 2 The Classical Paradigm I: The Nature of the Performable Work.
I Introduction: Berthold and Magda go to the symphony.
II The `multiple` nature of performable works.
III Performable works as `types`.
IV Varieties of `type` theories: sonicism, instrumentalism, and contextualism.
V Other theories of the performable work.
a/ Performable works as `indicated` types.
b/ Performable works as `continuants`.
c/ Performable works as indicatings of types.
d/ Fictionalism about performable works.
Chapter 3 The `Classical Paradigm` II: Appreciating Performable Works in Performance.
I Introduction: talking appreciatively about performable works.
II Can performable works share artistic properties with their performances?
III The `Goodman argument` .
IV Answering the `Goodman argument`.
Chapter 4 Authenticity in Musical Performance.
II `Authenticity` in the arts.
III Three notions of historically authentic performance.
a/ Authenticity defined in terms of composer`s intentions.
b/ Authenticity defined in terms of the `sound` of the work.
c/ Authenticity defined in terms of performance practice.
Chapter 5 Challenges to the Classical Paradigm in Music.
I Introduction: The classical paradigm in the performing arts.
II The scope of the paradigm in classical music.
III Jazz, rock, and the classical paradigm.
IV Non-Western music and the classical paradigm.
Chapter 6 The Scope of the Classical Paradigm: Theatre, Dance, and Literature.
I Introduction: Berthold and Magda go to the theatre.
II Theatrical performances and performable works.
III Challenges to the classical paradigm in theatre.
IV Dance and the classical paradigm.
V The novel as performable work?
Part II: Performance as Art .
Chapter 7 Performances as Artworks.
I Introduction: spontaneous performance in the arts.
II The artistic status of performances outside the classical paradigm.
III The artistic status of performances within the classical paradigm.
Chapter 8 Elements of Performance I: Improvisation and Rehearsal.
II The nature of improvisation.
III Improvisation and performable works: three models.
a/ Improvisation on a theme.
b/ Improvisational composition.
c/ Pure improvisation.
IV Improvisation and recording.
V The place of rehearsal in the performing arts.
Chapter 9 Elements of Performance II: Audience and Embodiment.
I Can there be artistic performance without an audience?
II Audience response.
III The embodied performer and the `mirroring` receiver.
Chapter 10 `Performance Art` and the Performing Arts.
II Some puzzling cases.
III What is `performance art`?
IV When do works of `performance art` involve artistic performances?
V Performance as art: a final case.