Lawrence Kramer

in Musical Meaning and Human Values

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print August 2009 | ISBN: 9780823230099
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823235445 | DOI:

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This chapter provides a brief introduction of the title phrase “musical meaning and human values”. This phrase appears simple, but in reality it is a mystery. There are many interpretations of this phrase; however, the most significant is where music acts as an agency of expression. The chapter asks how music produces, forms, transforms, and creates values. It explains how music helps in putting values in culture and history. The idea that music and art shelter values seems impossible to give up. It can be concluded that the relationship between the historical and the transhistorical in the group of values is affirmative and mutually productive. The next part of the book includes essays that work between the historical and the transhistorical, the circumstantial and the aesthetic.

Keywords: music; musical meaning; human values; historical; transhistorical; aesthetic; arts

Chapter.  3714 words. 

Subjects: Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art

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