Understanding Music: Philosophy and Interpretation

Understanding Music: Philosophy and Interpretation

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By (author) Roger Scruton

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  • Publisher: Continuum International Publishing Group Ltd.
  • Format: Hardback | 256 pages
  • Dimensions: 168mm x 244mm x 26mm | 476g
  • Publication date: 30 August 2009
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1847065066
  • ISBN 13: 9781847065063
  • Illustrations note: music
  • Sales rank: 159,172

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Following 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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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.