Essays on the Philosophy of Music

Cambridge University Press (1985)

Abstract
This volume contains a selection of essays in translation by the German philosopher and man of letters Ernst Bloch, on the philosophy of music. For Bloch - often simply assimilated to the Marxist tradition, but whose thought shows a strongly individual and idealist cast - music was a primary focus on reflection. His musical knowledge and expertise were of a very high order and he was well acquainted with many of the leading composers and theorists of music of his time in Germany: even divorced from his philosophy his criticism remains of value and significance. Throughout, whether discussing the complex and varied relations between text and music, or questions relating to the 'expressive' as opposed to the 'descriptive' functions of music, Bloch is intent on elucidating and placing musical experience.
Keywords Music  Music Philosophy and aesthetics
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Reprint years 1986
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Call number ML60.B655.E813 1985
ISBN(s) 0521312132   0521248736     9780521248730
DOI 10.2307/431339
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