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Why Classical Music Still Matters
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Why Classical Music Still Matters

Lawrence Kramer

Abstract

“What can be done about the state of classical music?” asks this book. Classical music, whose demise has been predicted for at least a decade, has always had its staunch advocates, but in today's media-saturated world there are real concerns about its viability. This book takes a forthright approach by engaging both skeptics and music lovers alike. Over seven chapters, the book affirms the value of classical music—defined as a body of nontheatrical music produced since the eighteenth century with the single aim of being listened to—by revealing what its values are: the specific beliefs, attitu ... More

Keywords: up-to-date rationale, human drives, social needs, subjectivity, mortality, technology

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780520250826
Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520250826.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Lawrence Kramer, author