This stimulating Very Short Introduction to music invites us to really think about music and the values and qualities we ascribe to it.The world teems with different kinds of music-traditional, folk, classical, jazz, rock, pop-and each type of music tends to come with its own way of thinking. Drawing on a wealth of accessible examples ranging from Beethoven to Chinese zither music, Nicholas Cook attempts to provide a framework for thinking about all music. By examining the personal, social, and cultural values that music embodies, the book reveals the shortcomings of traditional conceptions of music, and sketches a moreinclusive approach emphasizing the role of performers and listeners.ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.
OUP Oxford; February 2000
- ISBN: 9780192853820
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- Title: Music: A Very Short Introduction
Series: Very Short Introductions
- Author: Nicholas Cook
Imprint: OUP Oxford
About The Author
Nicholas Cook is Professor of Music at Cambridge University He is the author of articles and books on a wide variety of musicological and theoretical subjects; the latest, from Oxford University Press, is The Schenker Project: Culture, Race, and Music Theory in fin-de-siècle Vienna. He was elected Fellow of the British Academy in 2001.