Thinking about Music: An Introduction to the Philosophy of Music
"This book is for readers who are insatiably curious about music -- "students of music" in the broadest sense of the word. In this category I include those whose musical concerns are more humanistic than technical, as well as those preparing for careers in music ... In a library system of classification, Thinking About Music is apt to be filed under the heading "Music -- Aesthetics, history and problems of," and that is a fair description."--Preface.
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I came across this book back in 1985 while I was a music student in Paraguay. The American Embassy in Asuncion distributed a copy translated in Spanish to a group of composition students at the time. I had this copy throughout my music studies and read isolated chapters. Recently (while teaching college level music courses in California) I decided to order the original copy in English and completely loved it. I am currently using the book in a class related to music theory and cultures. My students also like it a lot and opens up quite a lot of discussions on different topics. This book is really a gem!
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