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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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Analysis

Roger Scruton.

in The Aesthetics of Music

June 1999; p ublished online November 2003 .

Chapter. Subjects: Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art. 15384 words.

Explores the various approaches to the analysis of music, and the kinds of questions they are designed to answer. Analysis is relevant only if it explores the intentional order of a piece...

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Content

Roger Scruton.

in The Aesthetics of Music

June 1999; p ublished online November 2003 .

Chapter. Subjects: Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art. 11777 words.

Develops a theory of expression that will incorporate the insights developed in Chs. 7–10, and also to the constraints laid down in Ch. 6. Understanding expression is likened to ’knowing...

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Culture

Roger Scruton.

in The Aesthetics of Music

June 1999; p ublished online November 2003 .

Chapter. Subjects: Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art. 21643 words.

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...

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Expression

Roger Scruton.

in The Aesthetics of Music

June 1999; p ublished online November 2003 .

Chapter. Subjects: Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art. 13219 words.

Music is not representational; nevertheless, it has expressive content, and one of the perennial puzzles of musical aesthetics is to show what that means and why it is important. Certain...

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Form

Roger Scruton.

in The Aesthetics of Music

June 1999; p ublished online November 2003 .

Chapter. Subjects: Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art. 13123 words.

Develops an account of the formal aspect of musical structure and the kind of understanding that it permits and satisfies. Argues for the untenability of the theories developed by both...

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Imagination and Metaphor

Roger Scruton.

in The Aesthetics of Music

June 1999; p ublished online November 2003 .

Chapter. Subjects: Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art. 8060 words.

Develops an account of metaphor, in terms of the theory of imagination expounded in earlier works, and argues that there are metaphors that are indispensable to the formation of certain...

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Language

Roger Scruton.

in The Aesthetics of Music

June 1999; p ublished online November 2003 .

Chapter. Subjects: Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art. 15589 words.

Explores the parallels and divergences between music and language, dismisses certain fashionable semiotic approaches, and tries to show that recent attempts to give a generative theory of...

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Ontology

Roger Scruton.

in The Aesthetics of Music

June 1999; p ublished online November 2003 .

Chapter. Subjects: Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art. 9925 words.

Confronts certain puzzles raised about the nature and identity of the musical work, and dismisses these puzzles as unreal: either they concern the musical work itself, in which case they...

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Performance

Roger Scruton.

in The Aesthetics of Music

June 1999; p ublished online November 2003 .

Chapter. Subjects: Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art. 9093 words.

Addresses the question of the relation of the work to its performances, and the interesting puzzles concerning arrangements, versions, variations, and mistakes. Explores the cultural and...

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Representation

Roger Scruton.

in The Aesthetics of Music

June 1999; p ublished online November 2003 .

Chapter. Subjects: Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art. 8787 words.

Develops a Fregean theory of representation, and argues that music is not a representational art, and that any attempt to treat it as such involves a fundamental mistake about the nature of...

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Sound

Roger Scruton.

in The Aesthetics of Music

June 1999; p ublished online November 2003 .

Chapter. Subjects: Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art. 8905 words.

Is an exploration of the metaphysics of sound, arguing that sounds are not properties of the objects that emit them but ‘secondary objects’, which can be isolated in an ‘acousmatic’...

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Tonality

Roger Scruton.

in The Aesthetics of Music

June 1999; p ublished online November 2003 .

Chapter. Subjects: Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art. 24093 words.

Gives an account of tonality, and why tonality is central to our musical tradition Shows that the attempt to replace tonality with atonal or serial forms of musical order threatens the...

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Tone

Roger Scruton.

in The Aesthetics of Music

June 1999; p ublished online November 2003 .

Chapter. Subjects: Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art. 20941 words.

An account of the primary elements of the musical experience, arguing that rhythm, accent, melody, harmony, and movement are all features of the intentional object of musical perception...

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Understanding

Roger Scruton.

in The Aesthetics of Music

June 1999; p ublished online November 2003 .

Chapter. Subjects: Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art. 11885 words.

Adumbrates a theory of musical understanding as based in imaginative perception, in which a sound pattern is imbued with a spatial order by the perceiving intellect. Argues that tonality...

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Value

Roger Scruton.

in The Aesthetics of Music

June 1999; p ublished online November 2003 .

Chapter. Subjects: Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art. 8586 words.

Develops an account of aesthetic value and shows that there really is such a thing, that there are legitimate ways of arguing about it, and that the fundamental insights contained in Kant's null...

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