Intentions in Theory and Practice

  title={Intentions in Theory and Practice},
  author={Nina Penner},
  journal={Music and Letters},
  pages={448 - 469}
ABSTRACT:The 'intentional fallacy' and pronouncements of the 'death of the author' supported the hermeneutical flights of fancy that characterized the 'New Musicology' of the 1980s and early 1990s, but mesh less well with more recent New-Historicist impulses. Anti-intentionalism is motivated by a belief in the autonomy of art, a belief most musicologists today reject. Our interest in composers' working documents and correspondence also conflicts with anti-intentionalist methodologies. Due to… 


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