Understanding Music: Philosophy and Interpretation

Overview

Roger Scruton first addressed this topic in his celebrated book The Aesthetics of Music (OUP) and in this new book he applies the theory to the practice and examines a number of composers and musical forms. His continued fascination with Wagner provides much interesting content but he also deals near-death blows to his favorite targets like Pierre Boulez and Hoagy Carmichael. His legal encounter with The Pet Shop Boys is well documented (they sued him for libel in 1999) and the book closes with a devastating ...

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Overview

Roger Scruton first addressed this topic in his celebrated book The Aesthetics of Music (OUP) and in this new book he applies the theory to the practice and examines a number of composers and musical forms. His continued fascination with Wagner provides much interesting content but he also deals near-death blows to his favorite targets like Pierre Boulez and Hoagy Carmichael. His legal encounter with The Pet Shop Boys is well documented (they sued him for libel in 1999) and the book closes with a devastating chapter on pop music, containing more controversial views that readers will relish. Many will be delighted; others enraged. However, underlying this book there is a consistent argument and passion for tonality and rhythm.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781847065063
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 8/30/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 932,657
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Professor Roger Scruton is Resident Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, Washington and Senior Research Fellow at Blackfriars Hall, Oxford. His other books include Sexual Desire, The West and the Rest, England: An Elegy, News from Somewhere and Gentle Regrets (all published by Continuum).

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Table of Contents

Introduction
1. Musical Movement
2. Rhythm
3. Music and Emotion
4. Wittgenstein and Music
5. Sounds: Metaphysical Analysis
6. Mozart
7. Beethovengrave's Ninth
8. Love and Justice in Wagner
9. Janaceck as Model
10. Szymanowski
11. The Music of America
12. The Disaster of Pop

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