The Meaning of Music: A Study in Psychological Aesthetics

The Meaning of Music: A Study in Psychological Aesthetics

The Meaning of Music: A Study in Psychological Aesthetics

The Meaning of Music: A Study in Psychological Aesthetics

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The present volume is an elaboration of a few lectures on music given during a course in aesthetics at Harvard University. The main argument is designed to justify the tenacious hold which formalism has had upon musical theory. The argument goes still further and suggests that even the most extreme formalists, by evading the question of emotion in music, have not made their contentions sweeping enough. This topic is dealt with in Part II and in the beginning of Part III. Several sections in these two parts, however, are intended to reveal the inadequacy of any attempt to account for the power of musical sound in terms of a single formula. Part I is given over to certain technicalities which concern the psychologist and aesthetician more than the musician.

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