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Why Classical Music Still Matters

Lawrence Kramer


“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


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Lawrence Kramer, author