Music as Thought

Music as Thought

Listening to the Symphony in the Age of Beethoven

eBook - 2006
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Before the nineteenth century, instrumental music was considered inferior to vocal music. Kant described wordless music as "more pleasure than culture," and Rousseau dismissed it for its inability to convey concepts. But by the early 1800s, a dramatic shift was under way. Purely instrumental music was now being hailed as a means to knowledge and embraced precisely because of its independence from the limits of language. What had once been perceived as entertainment was heard increasingly as a vehicle of thought. Listening had become a way of knowing. Music as Thought traces the roots of this f.
Publisher: Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, c2006
ISBN: 9781400827398
1400827396
0691126593
9780691126593
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xx, 169 p.)

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