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Why Classical Music Still Matters$
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Lawrence Kramer

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780520250826

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520250826.001.0001

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Classical Music and Its Values

Classical Music and Its Values

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(p.1) Chapter One Classical Music and Its Values
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Why Classical Music Still Matters
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Lawrence Kramer

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520250826.003.0001

This chapter deals with classical music and its values. Music is a gift to its devotees. It enhances life; almost everyone loves some form of it. The real question about classical music is not whether it rewards public attention or not. Classical music is accessible to anyone with open ears and a sense of adventure; they require no mysterious rites of initiation. This music has historically maintained a prolific dialogue with language. Like all music, it is supposed to work, and does work, at levels above or below language. The music, when sung, uses language with great expressive power. One of the most remarkable features of classical music is the way it always seems to teeter on the edge of speech.

Keywords:   classical music, popular music, instructions, imagination, appreciation

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