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    DescriptionFollowing his celebrated book "The Aesthetics of Music", Scruton explores the fundamental elements that constitute a great piece of music.Roger Scruton is one of the most notable British philosophers of the post-war years. Like many, Bernard Williams and Brian Magee among them, he is passionately interested in music. Indeed he has written two operas.This new book applies the theory to the practice and examines a number of composers and musical forms - from Scruton's fascination with Wagner to Boulez and Hoagy Carmichael. The book ends with a devastating chapter on pop music that will be greatly relished by many, while enraging others. The consistent and passionate argument underlying the book is one for tonality and rhythm.

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    Understanding Music
    Philosophy and Interpretation
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Roger Scruton
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 256
    Width: 168 mm
    Height: 244 mm
    Thickness: 26 mm
    Weight: 476 g
    ISBN 13: 9781847065063
    ISBN 10: 1847065066

    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T1.7
    BIC E4L: MUS
    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    Ingram Subject Code: MU
    BIC subject category V2: AVA
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 03
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 01
    B&T General Subject: 540
    B&T Modifier: Text Format: 02
    BISAC V2.8: MUS020000
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 05
    Abridged Dewey: 781
    BISAC V2.8: PHI001000, MUS041000
    B&T Approval Code: A08200000
    LC subject heading:
    B&T Approval Code: A08300000
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15220
    LC subject heading: ,
    BIC subject category V2: HPN
    DC22: 780.1
    BISAC V2.8: MUS001000
    LC classification: ML3853 .S27 2009
    Thema V1.0: AVA, QDTN
    Illustrations note
    Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
    Imprint name
    Continuum International Publishing Group Ltd.
    Publication date
    30 August 2009
    Publication City/Country
    Author Information
    Professor Roger Scruton is currently visiting Professor of Philosophy at Princeton University and Research Professor at the Institute for the Psychological Sciences in Washington, D.C. His other books include The West and the Rest, England: An Elegy, News from Somewhere and Gentle Regrets (all published by Continuum).
    Review quote
    'Roger Scruton presents a depth of knowledge and understanding that could make listening to a symphony all the more meaningful ... worthwhile for those who would like a deeper relationship with classical music.' - Good Book Guide
    Table of contents
    Introduction; 1. Musical Movement; 2. Rhythm; 3. Music and Emotion; 4. Wittgenstein and Music; 5. Sounds: Metaphysical Analysis; 6. Mozart; 7. Beethoven's Ninth; 8. Love and Justice in Wagner; 9. Janaceck as Model; 10. Szymanowski; 11. The Music of America; 12. The Disaster of Pop.