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Synopsis: This volume contains a selection of essays in translation by the German philosopher and man of letters Ernst Bloch (1885-1977), on the philosophy of music. For Bloch - often simply assimilated to the Marxist tradition, but whose thought shows a strongly individual and idealist cast - music was a primary focus on reflection. His musical knowledge and expertise were of a very high order and he was well acquainted with many of the leading composers and theorists of music of his time in Germany: even divorced from his philosophy his criticism remains of value and significance. Throughout, whether discussing the complex and varied relations between text and music, or questions relating to the 'expressive' as opposed to the 'descriptive' functions of music, Bloch is intent on elucidating and placing musical experience.
Book Description: A selection of essays by the German philosopher and man of letters (1881-1977) synthesizes music history, music theory and philosophy. Considers such topics as the relationship of music to mathematics, the significance of attitudes towards instruments and an evaluation of Richard Wagner's dramatic and musical achievements.
Title: Essays on the Philosophy of Music
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication Date: 1985
Book Condition: Used: Good
Book Description Hardback. Book Condition: Very Good. The book has been read, but is in excellent condition. Pages are intact and not marred by notes or highlighting. The spine remains undamaged. Bookseller Inventory # GOR008214823
Book Description Cambridge University Press, 1985. Book Condition: Good. 0th Edition. Ships from the UK. Former Library book. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Bookseller Inventory # GRP94433769