Why Classical Music Still Matters / Edition 1

Why Classical Music Still Matters / Edition 1

by Lawrence Kramer
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0520258037

ISBN-13: 9780520258037

Pub. Date: 01/07/2009

Publisher: University of California Press

“What can be done about the state of classical music?” Lawrence Kramer asks in this elegant, sharply observed, and beautifully written extended essay. Classical music, whose demise has been predicted for at least a decade, has always had its staunch advocates, but in today’s media-saturated world there are real concerns about its viability. Why

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“What can be done about the state of classical music?” Lawrence Kramer asks in this elegant, sharply observed, and beautifully written extended essay. Classical music, whose demise has been predicted for at least a decade, has always had its staunch advocates, but in today’s media-saturated world there are real concerns about its viability. Why Classical Music Still Matters takes a forthright approach by engaging both skeptics and music lovers alike.


In seven highly original chapters, Why Classical Music Still Matters affirms the value of classical music—defined as a body of nontheatrical music produced since the eighteenth century with the single aim of being listened to—by revealing what its values are: the specific beliefs, attitudes, and meanings that the music has supported in the past and which, Kramer believes, it can support in the future.

Why Classical Music Still Matters also clears the air of old prejudices. Unlike other apologists, whose defense of the music often depends on arguments about the corrupting influence of popular culture, Kramer admits that classical music needs a broader, more up-to-date rationale. He succeeds in engaging the reader by putting into words music’s complex relationship with individual human drives and larger social needs.
In prose that is fresh, stimulating, and conversational, he explores the nature of subjectivity, the conquest of time and mortality, the harmonization of humanity and technology, the cultivation of attention, and the liberation of human energy.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520258037
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
01/07/2009
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
1,178,436
Product dimensions:
5.46(w) x 8.18(h) x 0.58(d)

Table of Contents


In Lieu of a Preface     vii
Classical Music and Its Values     1
The Fate of Melody and the Dream of Return     35
Score and Performance, Performance and Film: Classical Music as Liberating Energy     71
But Not for Me: Love Song and the Heartache of Modern Life     110
The Ghost in the Machine: Keyboard Rhapsodies     134
Crisis and Memory: The Music of Lost Time     171
Persephone's Fiddle: The Value of Classical Music     205
References     227
Index     239

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