Thinking About Music: An Introduction to the Philosophy of by Lewis E. Rowell

By Lewis E. Rowell

From the rear conceal of this 288 web page booklet: "Roswell attracts intelligently from historical and smooth resources - philosophers, historians, social critics - to boost a dynamic portrait of the essence of track and its position in human existence. all through, the technical and philosophical histories of tune and musical flavor he provides are cogent. One bankruptcy contrasting eastern with Indian musical rules saves the paintings from being thoroughly Western in orientation. the ultimate bankruptcy considers New track. Technical phrases, either philosophical and musical, are explicated with out pedantry; the most obvious pleasure the writer takes in his topic illuminates the textual content. A essentially written and sensitively prepared publication that gives a lot to experts and scholars in addition to proficient laypersons." - Library magazine. And "An impressive contribution to the method of formulating principles approximately track. it's good geared up, cogently reasoned, and extremely readable. Its price lies no longer a lot in any solutions it offers, yet quite in its pointing how one can the right kind questions.....It could function an exceptional resource for different classes in philosophy of tune and musical aesthetics, in addition to for required interpreting for college students of the philosophy of track education." tune Educators magazine.

Show description

Read or Download Thinking About Music: An Introduction to the Philosophy of Music PDF

Best performing arts books

The Redgraves: A Family Epic

The dramatic, poignant and revealing saga of the Redgraves, one among history's maximum households of actors.

For greater than a century, the Redgraves have outlined theater and movie whereas fascinating the general public eye. Their historical past is a wealthy tapestry of singu­larly proficient participants whose effect is felt to today, but their tale hasn't ever ahead of been instructed. within the Redgraves, bestselling biographer Donald Spoto attracts on his shut own relationships with the family members and comprises either his interviews and un­precedented own entry to them. the result's a groundbreaking account of this awesome extended family and their circle, together with such luminaries as Elizabeth Taylor, Katharine Hepburn, and Sir Laurence Olivier.

The tale started in 1907 with the wedding of actress Daisy Scudamore to matinee idol Roy Red­grave and the start in 1908 in their son, Michael, who grew to become a recognized level actor and picture famous person. Michael's relations and wild social circle knew that for many years he was once insistently bisexual, even though his marriage to Rachel Kempson, one among England's so much glamorous and popular actresses.

Their daughter Vanessa, a superb and respected per­former, is the one British actress ever to win Oscar, Emmy, Tony, Cannes, Golden Globe, and reveal Actors Guild Awards--achievements which have been paralleled by means of a profound humanitarian dedication whilst she tackled tough and debatable roles.

Vanessa's sister, Lynn Redgrave, led a positive and complicated existence in her personal approach, too. From her per­formance within the motion picture Georgy woman to her prizewin­ning play approximately her father and her Oscar-nominated functionality in Gods and Monsters, Lynn validated herself as a truly diversified Redgrave.

Corin Redgrave, their brother, was once identified for his acclaimed performances onstage and screen--and he was once a tireless and outspoken political radical.

The kin culture of contrast maintains with the careers of Joely Richardson and Jemma Red­grave and reached a excessive element within the existence and profession of Vanessa's daughter, Natasha Richardson, who earned a Tony Award for her position as Sally Bowles within the revival of Cabaret. Natasha's unexpected demise after a snowboarding les­son in 2009 stunned and saddened admirers of her paintings and swish spirit.

The fabricated from greater than thirty years of analysis, The Redgraves recounts the epic saga of a relations that has prolonged the chances for actors on degree, reveal, and tv in Britain, the US, and all over the world.

Charlie Kaufman and Hollywood's Merry Band of Pranksters, Fabulists and Dreamers: An Excursion Into the American New Wave

Because the overdue Nineteen Nineties, a sophisticated, subversive aspect has been at paintings in the staid confines of the Hollywood dream manufacturing unit.  Young filmmakers like Spike Jonze, Wes Anderson, Michel Gondry, David O. Russell, Richard Linklater, and Sofia Coppola rode in at the coattails of the self sufficient movie move that blossomed within the early Nineteen Nineties and feature controlled to salary a cultured crusade opposed to cowardice of the mind's eye, very like their creative forebears, the so-called motion picture Brats—Coppola, Scorsese, De Palma, Altman, and Ashby between others—did within the Nineteen Seventies.

Hello, I Must Be Going: Groucho and His Friends

Whilst Charlotte Chandler known as Groucho Marx for an interview, he responded the telephone himself. Declining to be interviewed, he invited her over to his residence so he may perhaps inform her no in individual. After speaking together with her for hours, Groucho requested, "Why aren't you writing? "

Hello, i have to Be Going is the tale of Groucho and the Marx Brothers, instructed via Groucho's daily conversations with Charlotte Chandler and his neighbors. And what a bunch of pals they have been! Woody Allen, Jack Nicholson, Elliott Gould, invoice Cosby, Marvin Hamlisch, Betty Comden, Adolph eco-friendly, Sidney Sheldon, and dozens of others stroll in the course of the pages of this attention-grabbing e-book. somebody attracted to Groucho or the Marx Brothers, or who desires to spend a couple of hours in excellent corporation, will locate this publication impossible to resist.

Busoni as Pianist

Ferruccio Busoni is most generally identified at the present time because the composer of such works because the moment Violin Sonata, the incidental song for Gozzi's Turandot, and the main enormous piano concerto within the repertory (some 80 mins lengthy, with male refrain within the finale). yet Busoni was once additionally well known in his day as an writer and pedagogue and, such a lot specifically, as a pianist.

Extra resources for Thinking About Music: An Introduction to the Philosophy of Music

Example text

Is it, in other words, a symbolof perfection, of revolution, a leitmotif (a boy playing Beethoven's Für Elise in Visconti's film version of Death in Venice)? Semiotic theories of musical meaning are in vogue today and deserve further elaborationif music is a language, surely it is a symbolic language. Questions relating more to the observer 27 If it is real, how can I know so? Can I trust my senses? How accurately do we perceive? 11 28 Can I think music? One can both think music and think about music.

Although we will inevitably need to consider musical problems that have implications for the other arts, it is the special properties of music that present the greatest obstacles to our understanding. Only a few of these can be singled out for discussion. Time: Time is the less explored of music's two primary dimensions; theorists of music have traditionally concerned themselves Page 29 more with questions of pitch organization. The basic facts of beats, rhythmic patterns, meters, and meter signatures do not shed much light on the way in which music unfolds and is perceived in time.

And given the possibility of space exploration and encounter with other civilizations, even this may not be broad enough. Butwhatever one's scale of referenceif there are such universals, it is imperative that we identify them! One must make a start somewhere. Consider the following set and the brief comments appended. We may observe at the start that most of these involve structural features and modes of organizationnot material. tonality: the ability to create focusBeethoven's D minor, color as a dominant hue in a painting, the apparent convergence of lines of parallel columns, a main plot theme or characteristic emotion (Othello's jealousy, Lady Macbeth's ambition, the "star-crossed" love of Romeo and Juliet) tendency: Whether they are natural tendenciesof the body, the look and feel of marbleor tendencies created by context (as in language and music), tendencies cause us to predict, feel expectation, and react when that expectation is gratified or frustrated.

Download PDF sample

Rated 4.86 of 5 – based on 9 votes