Music: A Very Short Introduction


Music: A Very Short Introduction

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 07/23/1998
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
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This stimulating very short introduction to music invites us to really think about music. Drawing on a number of accessible examples, Nicholas Cook prompts us to call on our own personal musical experiences in order to think more critically about the roles of the performer and the listener,about music as a commodity and an experience, what it means to understand music, and the values that we ascribe to music. The book begins with a sampling of music as human activity and then goes on to consider the slippery phenomenon of how music has become an object of thought, of critical reflection, of contemplation, and of calculation and of the relation between music and society. With references to all types ofmusic from classical to rock, and from New York, South Africa, China and beyond, this Very Short Introduction will make enjoyable reading for beginner and expert alike.

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