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Hominin Musicality and Musical Expressivity: Revisting Davies' Contour Theory

Killin, Anton


Stephen Davies defends an analysis of musical expressivity dubbed the ‘contour theory.’ In other work, Davies argues that hominin music could be as much as 500,000 years old. The musical expressivity debate is typically concerned with ‘pure’ (or ‘absolute’) music, taking examples from the Western art music canon as paradigmatic. I register some reservations about applying contour theory to musical expressivity in hominin prehistory, even though we might have reason to think that early musical...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2017
Type: Journal article
Source: Debates in Aesthetics
DOI: /1885/164929
Access Rights: Open Access


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