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Musical Aesthetics

An Introduction to Concepts, Theories, and Functions

Author(s): Jonathan L. Friedmann

Book Description

This book contains six chapters covering key areas of musical aesthetics, including aesthetics of emotions; aesthetics of listening; aesthetics of performance; aesthetics of composition; aesthetics of nature; and aesthetics of commerce. Each chapter adopts an experiential approach to aesthetics, in which perceptual and intuitive musical responses – real-time experiences – are valued as a source of truth. Unlike intellectual aesthetics, which values conscious associations and meticulous artistic appraisals, experiential aesthetics looks primarily at everyday subconscious appreciations. The explorations here draw from the social sciences, hard sciences, philosophy, literature, theology, musicology, humanities, and other fields that directly or indirectly contribute to an understanding of our attraction to music. Presenting user-friendly distillations of numerous theories, concepts, and functions, this book will be of interest to both lay readers and expert practitioners.


ISBN-13: 978-1-5275-0940-5
ISBN-10: 1-5275-0940-0
Date of Publication: 01/07/2018
Pages / Size: 179 / A5
Price: £58.99


Jonathan L. Friedmann is Professor of Jewish Music History at the Academy for Jewish Religion California, USA. He is also Extraordinary Associate Professor of Theology and a Research Fellow in Musical Arts in South Africa: Research and Applications at North-West University, South Africa. He is the author and editor of nineteen books, including Music in Our Lives: Why We Listen, How It Works.