Classical Music and Its Values

Lawrence Kramer

in Why Classical Music Still Matters

Published by University of California Press

Published in print May 2007 | ISBN: 9780520250826
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520933644 | DOI:
Classical Music and Its Values

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This chapter deals with classical music and its values. Music is a gift to its devotees. It enhances life; almost everyone loves some form of it. The real question about classical music is not whether it rewards public attention or not. Classical music is accessible to anyone with open ears and a sense of adventure; they require no mysterious rites of initiation. This music has historically maintained a prolific dialogue with language. Like all music, it is supposed to work, and does work, at levels above or below language. The music, when sung, uses language with great expressive power. One of the most remarkable features of classical music is the way it always seems to teeter on the edge of speech.

Keywords: classical music; popular music; instructions; imagination; appreciation

Chapter.  10484 words. 

Subjects: Musicology and Music History

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