Aesthetics of Music: Aesthetics of Baroque Music in England

Aesthetics of Music: Aesthetics of Baroque Music in England


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Aesthetics of Music: Aesthetics of Baroque Music in England by Dr. David Whitwell

For the first time, Dr. David Whitwell presents a thorough study of the performance of music in society together with the philosophical views on art versus entertainment, the role of performance in education and character formation and how earlier philosophers viewed the interplay among Reason, Emotions, experience and the senses. The present volume presents for the first time a comprehensive view of the aesthetic principles of English culture during the Baroque. Following the usual division into Jacobean and Restoration Periods, the reader will find here a detailed study of Music as reflected in court and civic performances, but also as reflected in poetry, theater and the Church. This period of English letters also enjoyed its greatest period in philosophy and this volume examines in detail the aesthetic views of Bacon, Milton, Hobbes, Locke, Newton, Penn, Hume, Berkeley, Temple, Rymer, Wotton, Shaftesbury, Hutcheson and Harris. Finally, today's active musician in the English-speaking world will discover here the intellectual path by which Music traveled from being a core study of the highest level of society to the present day, where we find that the highest level of society knows almost nothing about Music and Music is provided them by members of the lower classes.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781936512669
Publisher: Whitwell Books
Publication date: 08/28/2013
Pages: 494
Product dimensions: 7.50(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.99(d)

About the Author

David Whitwell studied conducting at the Akademie fur Musik, Vienna, with Hans Swarowsky, and with Eugene Ormandy. He has conducted resident ensembles in Austria, Switzerland, Israel, Japan, Wales, England, Germany, The Netherlands, Bolivia, Peru, Korea, Taiwan, Russia and the United States, among them the Philadelphia Orchestra, Seattle Symphony Orchestra, the Czech Radio Orchestras of Brno and Bratislava, and The National Youth Orchestra of Israel. David Whitwell was named as one of six men who have determined the course of American bands during the second half of the twentieth century, in the definitive history, The Twentieth Century American Wind Band (Meredith Music), and he is one of nine men described by Paula A. Crider in The Conductor's Legacy (Chicago: GIA, 2010) as 'the legendary conductors' of the twentieth century.

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