MUSIC AS AN ART


MUSIC AS AN ART

ROGER SCRUTON    Book Number: 91758    Product format: Hardback

In earlier times, our musical culture had secure foundations in the church, the concert hall and in the home. The common practice of tonal harmony united composers, performers and listeners in a shared language, and people played instruments at home with an intimate sense of belonging to the music that they made, just as the music belonged to them. Music took its place in the ceremonies and celebrations of ordinary life alongside the rituals of everyday religion, but we no longer live in that world and music at home largely emerges from digital machines. For the young, music is a form of largely solitary enjoyment. In the latest of his books exploring a lifetime's passion for music, philosopher Roger Scruton examines music through a philosophical lens, engaging in discussions about tonality, music and the moral life, music and cognitive science and German idealism, and his own struggle to encourage his students to distinguish the qualities of good music. He explains via chapters on Schubert, Britten, Rameau, David Matthews, Pierre Boulez, Nietzsche on Wagner, opera, film, the culture of pop and music of the future how we can develop greater judgement in music establishing musical values as well as musical pleasures. We live in a critical time for classical music and this book is an important contribution to the debate concerning the place of music in Western civilisation. 263pp, musical scores.
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