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Introduction; 1. Musical Movement; 2. Rhythm; 3. Music and Emotion; 4. Wittgenstein and Music; 5. Sounds: Metaphysical Analysis; 6. Mozart; 7. Beethoven's Ninth; 8. Love and Justice in Wagner; 9. Janaceck as Model; 10. Szymanowski; 11. The Music of America; 12. The Disaster of Pop.
Professor Roger Scruton is currently visiting Professor of Philosophy at Princeton University and Research Professor at the Institute for the Psychological Sciences in Washington, D.C. His other books include The West and the Rest, England: An Elegy, News from Somewhere and Gentle Regrets (all published by Continuum).
BBC Music Choice - 5/5 stars'Illuminating ... touching ... much to
inspire. Anyone who is capable of being deeply moved by music
should read it.' - BBC Music Magazine
'As a welcome addition to Roger Scruton's continuing canon of fascinating works on the nature and meaning of music, this short, dense book amply supports his genuine and lifelong belief that aesthetic contemplation offers the key to proper understanding of motivation and meaning, not just in ourselves, but in everything around us.' - Literary Review
"The prolific philosopher turns his attention back to music, exploring the fundamental elements that make a great piece. Ranging from Wagner to Hoagy Carmichael and even a final chapter on 'the disaster of pop', this is trademark, provocotive Scruton." - Bookseller, 20 May 2009.