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Culture

Roger Scruton

in The Aesthetics of Music

Published in print June 1999 | ISBN: 9780198167273
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191598371 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/019816727X.003.0015
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Musical understanding, as described in preceding chapters, is clearly dependent on a musical culture. What exactly do we mean by culture? Ch. 15 develops a theory of culture as rooted in the religious experience, which it perpetuates in aesthetic form. Hence, culture is inherently liable to crises, as faith dwindles or vacillates. We are living through such a crisis now. It is a crisis that was radically misunderstood by Adorno, who nevertheless introduced an important element of sociological criticism into the study of musical banality. The book concludes with some pre‐modern responses to post‐modern doubts.

Keywords: Adorno; aesthetic form; musical banalitymusical culture; musical understanding

Chapter.  21643 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art

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