Fission to Fusion: From Improvisation and Formalism in Law and Music
ANU College of Law; ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences; McGill University - Faculty of Law
January 2, 2011
(2010) 6 Critical Studies in Improvisation 1-10
ANU College of Law Research Paper No. 12-41
This paper asks the question, what happened to improvisation in the classical music tradition? why did it so dramatically decline in legitimacy and practice around the classical era. This apper draws connections between musical, legal, and political history in order to demonstrate the cultural change in the eighteenth century transformed people's understandings of texts, authority, legitimacy, and genius, in ways that changed the relationship of interpretation to textual authenticity with lasting effects in both music and legal professions. This paper thus continues the work on legal and musical history begun by this author in Statuta v Acts, Et Lex Perpetua, and Songs Without Music.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 10
Keywords: legal history, musical history, musicology, improvisation, interpretation, texts, judgment, eighteenth centuryAccepted Paper Series
Date posted: August 3, 2012 ; Last revised: September 21, 2012
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