The Rational and Social Foundations of Music

The Rational and Social Foundations of Music

The Rational and Social Foundations of Music

The Rational and Social Foundations of Music

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The study of the interrelations between society and music is not to be undertaken carelessly nor is it one affording easy solutions. Since the patterns of music production and appreciation may change while the society remains constant and the same music may be received and loved by the people of quite different societies, there is no one-to-one casual interdetermination of society and music. One must reject as vulgar errors the Nazi idea that there is a true Aryan music and the Communist idea that Western music is of a decadent bourgeois type. The sociology of music could not mean this, for it would need be rejected out of band.

However, it is a matter of familiar observation that there are close ties between various social elements and music. The musician is a member of society like anyone else. His requirement for making a living may be bound up with his artistic role. If he earns a livelihood independently of his art, his music has the form of a hobby or leisure-time pursuit. The manner in which he cultivates his talents will tend to differ from that of the musician . . .

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