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The Aesthetics of Music

Roger Scruton


Attempts to give a complete account of music: its nature, meaning, and value. The book begins from an examination of sound, distinguishes sound from tone, and identifies tones as intentional (but not material) objects. Musical understanding is based in a form of imaginative perception, in which metaphors of space, weight, effort, and movement play an organising role. Musical meaning does not arise through representation, but through expression and form, both of which must be explained through a theory of musical understanding. Tonality is examined as a paradigm of musical organiza ... More

Keywords: aesthetics, expression, imagination, metaphor, music, musical value, performance, philosophical aesthetics, philosophy of music, representation, Roger Scruton, sound, tonality, tone

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1999 Print ISBN-13: 9780198167273
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003 DOI:10.1093/019816727X.001.0001


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Roger Scruton, author
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