The Common Sense of Music

The Common Sense of Music

The Common Sense of Music

The Common Sense of Music

Excerpt

This book is written on the assumption that musically all men are created free, though not necessarily equal. It is addressed to potential listeners rather than potential performers.

If you think you are not a musician or even a music-lover, read it. And if you think you are a musician or a music-lover, or both, read it just the same.

It presupposes no knowledge on your part, and it admits no fundamental ignorance. It does not worry about the hair-splittings of the technical scholars, nor is it concerned with the maudlin exaggerations of the sentimentalists.

It merely tries to approach the subject of music in a common-sense fashion, analyzing the effects of this mysterious art upon the casual listener, the so-called man in the street. It tries to find a reason for some of your reactions to musical performance and composition. It assumes, therefore, a universal instinct for such response, which may also be called, without severely stretching the play on words, a "Common Sense of Music."

Least of all does it try to exhaust its subject . . .

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