Understanding Music: Philosophy and Interpretation

Understanding Music: Philosophy and Interpretation

by Roger Scruton

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Understanding Music: Philosophy and Interpretation by Roger Scruton

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781847065063
Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date: 08/30/2009
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 1,011,902
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.00(d)

About 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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