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Understanding Music : Philosophy and Interpretation

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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.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 256 pages
  • 167.64 x 243.84 x 26mm | 476.27g
  • Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • Continuum International Publishing Group Ltd.
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • music
  • 1847065066
  • 9781847065063
  • 289,179

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BBC Music Choice - 5/5 stars'Illuminating ... touching ... much to inspire.A Anyone who is capable of being deeply moved by music should read it.' - BBC Music Magazineshow more

About Roger Scruton

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).show more

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.show more

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36 ratings
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4 42% (15)
3 28% (10)
2 8% (3)
1 3% (1)
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