Fission to Fusion: From Improvisation and Formalism in Law and Music

(2010) 6 Critical Studies in Improvisation 1-10

ANU College of Law Research Paper No. 12-41

10 Pages Posted: 3 Aug 2012 Last revised: 21 Sep 2012

Desmond Manderson

ANU College of Law; ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences; McGill University - Faculty of Law

Date Written: January 2, 2011

Abstract

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.

Keywords: legal history, musical history, musicology, improvisation, interpretation, texts, judgment, eighteenth century

Suggested Citation

Manderson, Desmond, Fission to Fusion: From Improvisation and Formalism in Law and Music (January 2, 2011). (2010) 6 Critical Studies in Improvisation 1-10; ANU College of Law Research Paper No. 12-41. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2122874

Desmond Manderson (Contact Author)

ANU College of Law; ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences ( email )

Canberra, Australian Capital Territory 0200
Australia

HOME PAGE: http://https://researchers.anu.edu.au/researchers/manderson-dra

McGill University - Faculty of Law ( email )

Canada

HOME PAGE: http://https://researchers.anu.edu.au/researchers/manderson-dra

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