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The Aesthetics of Music

Roger Scruton

Published in print June 1999 | ISBN: 9780198167273
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191598371 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/019816727X.001.0001
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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 organization, and a theory of expression advanced that gives prominence to first‐person awareness and ‘knowing what it's like’, while acknowledging that expression and musical organization are interconnected. Theories of analysis and structure, such as those of Schenker, Meyer, Lerdahl, and Jackendoff, are examined from the perspective of philosophical aesthetics, and an account given of the identity of the work of music and the distinction between work and performance. The book advances a theory of musical value and of the cultural conditions that enable a musical tradition to emerge and to convey the weight of significance that we hear when we listen to music. Listening is a kind of ‘moving with’, to be illuminated through the comparison with dancing.

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

Book.  552 pages.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art

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Tone in The Aesthetics of Music

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Imagination and Metaphor in The Aesthetics of Music

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Representation in The Aesthetics of Music

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Expression in The Aesthetics of Music

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