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Musical Meaning and Human Values

Keith Chapin and Lawrence Kramer


Musical understanding has evolved dramatically in recent years, principally through a heightened appreciation of musical meaning in its social, cultural, and philosophical dimensions. This book addresses an aspect of meaning that has not yet received its due: the relation of meaning in this broad humanistic sense to the shaping of fundamental values. The book examines the open and active circle between the values and valuations placed on music by both individuals and societies, and the discovery, through music, of what to value and how to value it. With a combination of cultural criticism and ... More

Keywords: musical understanding, values, valuations, cultural criticism, musical works, fantasy, irony, sexuality, subjectivity, listeners

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780823230099
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: March 2011 DOI:10.5422/fso/9780823230099.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Keith Chapin, editor

Lawrence Kramer, editor
Department of English, Fordham University

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