Musical Values

Julian Johnson

in Who Needs Classical Music?

Published in print June 2002 | ISBN: 9780195146813
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199849246 | DOI:
Musical Values

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This chapter gives comparisons and conclusions that come about when musical preferences are shaped by judgments that impart greater value to some music when compared to other music. Judgments about music are concerned with its quality and its quality is related to its value. The more music is valued, the more its qualities are defended against the opinion of others. This chapter also discusses an argument about music that has never delivered permanent answers; rather, its significance lays in its role within the continuous process of social change through a self-critique of cultural ideas. Music serves only as a symbol where aesthetic value is elusive and where it usually appeals to “artistic greatness” and “cultural heritage.”

Keywords: musical preferences; rational argument; self-reflection; social change; self-critique; aesthetic value; artistic greatness; cultural heritage

Chapter.  10611 words. 

Subjects: Music Theory and Analysis

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