Sound and Symbol, Volume 1: Music and the External World

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The present study attempts to reinstate music as an instrument of philosophical inquiry. It seeks not so much a philosophy of music as a philosophy through music. By working from the bare facts of musical experience to a recognition of its essential properties, the author arrives at a set of fundamental concepts which could serve as a framework for an understanding of the world and of ourselves: concepts that are in surprising accord with some of the basic ideas of modern science. Indeed, one of the characteristic elements of twentieth-century thought in general, as the author demonstrates, is an orientation toward music.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780691017594
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press
  • Publication date: 10/1/1969
  • Series: Bollingen Series (General) Series
  • Pages: 407
  • Product dimensions: 5.05 (w) x 8.07 (h) x 1.03 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword 1
I. The Dynamic Quality of Tone 11
II. The Pulse Theory 25
III. The System of Tones 32
IV. Associationism 41
V. The Three Components of Sense Perception 53
VI. The Dynamic Symbol 64
Prefatory Note 74
VII. The Paradox of Tonal Motion 75
VIII. The True Motion of Tones 88
Interval 89
Scale 95
Harmonic Cadence 104
IX. The Continuity of Tonal Motion 117
Philosophical Considerations 123
Psychological Considerations 129
Musical Considerations 136
X. The "Third Stage" 142
XI. Meter and Rhythm 151
The Temporal Component of Music 157
Musical Meter 160
The Dynamic Quality of Meter 169
Polarity and Intensification 174
Clash with Philosophy 180
Projectionism 185
Rhythm as Experience of Time 197
XII. The Musical Concept of Time 201
Experienced Time 202
Time Producing Events 203
Time Knows No Equality of Parts 208
Digression I: Repetition in Music 212
Time Knows Nothing of Transience 223
Digression II: Temporal Gestalt 228
Are There Two Times? 242
XIII. Tone as the Image of Time 248
XIV. The "Nonspatial" Art 267
XV. Is Space Audible? 271
XVI. The Placeless, Flowing Space of Tones 282
XVII. The Order of Auditory Space 293
Triad 295
Scale 308
Octave 321
Ensemble 330
XVIII. Space as Place and Space as Force 336
XIX. A Last Word on High and Low in Tones 349
XX. Summary and Prospect 363
List of Works Cited 379
Index 387
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