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Aesthetics of Music

Musicological Perspectives, 1st Edition

Edited by Stephen Downes


324 pages

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Aesthetics of Music: Musicological Approaches is an anthology of fourteen essays, each addressing a single key concept or pair of terms in the aesthetics of music, collectively serving as an authoritative work on musical aesthetics that remains as close to 'the music' as possible. Each essay includes musical examples from works in the 18th, 19th, and into the 20th century. Topics have been selected from amongst widely recognised central issues in musical aesthetics, as well as those that have been somewhat neglected, to create a collection that covers a distinctive range of ideas. All essays cover historical origins, sources, and developments of the chosen idea, survey important musicological approaches, and offer new critical angles or musical case studies in interpretation.


"The collection is welcome particularly for the variety of the subjects it includes and the depth of the treatments. The preface and introduction provide an organized entry into the essays: the editor explains the motives behind his editing of the collection and provides synopses of the 14 essays that follow…This volume is suitable for those researching musical aesthetics or philosophy. Summing Up: Recommended." --J. E. Wickell, Western Washington University, CHOICE

Table of Contents

1. Introduction Stephen Downes 2. Values and Judgments James Garratt 3. Absolute Music Thomas Grey 4. Program Music James Hepokoski 5. Beautiful and Sublime Stephen Downes 6. Dialectics and Musical Analysis Julian Horton 7. Classicism/Neoclassicism Keith Chapin 8. Romanticism/Anti-romanticism Sanna Pederson 9. Jazz – Avant-garde – Tradition Kenneth Gloag 10. Narrative Nicholas Reyland 11. Music and the Moving Image Jeremy Barham 12. Irony Julian Johnson 13. Propaganda Jim Samson 14. Virtuosity and the virtuoso James Deaville

About the Editor

Stephen Downes is Professor of Music at Royal Holloway, University of London.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
MUSIC / General