The Aesthetics of Music / Edition 1

The Aesthetics of Music / Edition 1

by Roger Scruton
     
 

ISBN-10: 019816727X

ISBN-13: 9780198167273

Pub. Date: 07/29/1999

Publisher: Oxford University Press

What is music, what is its value, and what does it mean? In this stimulating volume, Roger Scruton offers a comprehensive account of the nature and significance of music from the perspective of modern philosophy. The study begins with the metaphysics of sound. Scruton 7istinguishes sound from tone; analyzes rhythm, melody, and harmony; and explores the various

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What is music, what is its value, and what does it mean? In this stimulating volume, Roger Scruton offers a comprehensive account of the nature and significance of music from the perspective of modern philosophy. The study begins with the metaphysics of sound. Scruton 7istinguishes sound from tone; analyzes rhythm, melody, and harmony; and explores the various dimensions of musical organization and musical meaning. Taking on various fashionable theories in the philosophy and theory of music, he presents a compelling case for the moral significance of music, its place in our culture, and the need for taste and discrimination in performing and listening to it. Laying down principles for musical analysis and criticism, this bold work concludes with a theory of culture—and a devastating demolition of modern popular music.

"A provocative new study."—The Guardian

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780198167273
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
07/29/1999
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
552
Sales rank:
1,085,389
Product dimensions:
9.10(w) x 6.00(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
List of Music Examples
Note to the Reader
1. Sound
2. Tone
3. Imagination and Metaphor
4. Ontology
5. Representation
6. Expression
7. Language
8. Understanding
9. Tonality
10. Form
11. Content
12. Value
13. Analysis
14. Performance
15. Culture
Bibliography
Acknowledgements
Index

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