Classical Music why Bother?: Hearing the World of Contemporary Culture Through a Composer's Ears

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Taylor & Francis, 2006 - Music - 162 pages
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Drawing on contemporary thought about 'design space' and 'universal Grammar' to show how intrinsic values can be rediscovered, this book looks at the importance of multimedia in allowing multiple points of entry for the discovering of new works. Classical Music: Why Bother? will intrigue all listeners of contemporary music, students of musical thought, and composers-but it will also interest students of contemporary aesthetics. It answers the age-old question How can we bring a new audience to contemporary art? - and challenges both the creators and their audience to broaden their ideas about what is valuable and lasting in today's culture.
 

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Contents

Chapter 1 Aesthetic Value
Chapter 2 Taste
Chapter 3 Concept and Craft
Chapter 4 Elitism
Chapter 5 Technology
Chapter 6 Design Space
Chapter 7 Understanding Music
Chapter 8 Designing Music for Human Beings
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Notes
Index
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Joshua Fineberg is the John L. Loeb Associate Professor of the Humanities at Harvard University and Associate Director of the Harvard University Studio for Electroacoustic Composition. He is a well-known composer whose works have been performed around the world.

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