Cover; Title; Copyright; Dedication; Contents; Preface; More Than Meets the Ear: Music and Art One; I. Birds; II. Music and the Musical; III. Concerning ""Art""; IV. Music and Culture; V. The Aesthetic Dimension; VI. Culture, Communication, and Style; With and Without Words: Listening with Understanding Two; I. Unschooled Perception; II. Purism; III. The Intersection of Language and Thought; IV. Knowing-That and Knowing-How; V. Four Dimensions of Music; VI. History, Style, and Aesthetic Properties; VII. Music is Art, Revisited; Music and Emotion Three; I. Symptoms and Symbols. II. Expression and Expressive QualitiesIII. The Song Thrush; IV. Arousal Theory; V. Kaluli Grief, American Jazz, Hindustani Rasa; The Siren Voice of Transcendence Four; I. Ineffable Realities; II. The Beautiful Gives Way to the Sublime; III. Schopenhauer's Account of Music; IV. Isn't It Subjective?; V. Experiencing Sublimity; VI. Exemplification; References; Index.
Opinionated and example-filled, this extremely concise and accessible book provides a survey of some fundamental and longstanding debates about the nature of music. The central arguments and ideas of historical and contemporary philosophers are presented with the goal of making them as accessible as possible to general readers who have no background in philosophy. The emphasis is on instrumental music, but examples are drawn from many cultures as well as from Western classical, jazz, folk, and popular music.