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  • Jim Samson


A class, type or category, sanctioned by convention. Since conventional definitions derive (inductively) from concrete particulars, such as musical works or musical practices, and are therefore subject to change, a genre is probably closer to an ‘ideal type’ (in Max Weber's sense) than to a Platonic ‘ideal form’....

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19th Century Music
Music Analysis
International Musicological Society: Congress Report [1930-]