Who Needs Classical Music?: Cultural Choice and Musical Value

Who Needs Classical Music?: Cultural Choice and Musical Value

Julian Johnson


Praised in The Economist as "heartfelt and finely reasoned...wise, perceptive and inspiring," Who wishes Classical Music? deals a clean and balanced security of the price of classical track in modern tradition. not easy the various cultural critics who contend that the department among "high" and "low" artwork is a synthetic one, that Beethoven's 9th and "Blue Suede footwear" are both useful, Julian Johnson counters that track is greater than simply "a topic of taste." tune provides leisure or just function history noise. Classical track, he indicates, is formed through its declare to operate as artwork. it's unique via a self-conscious recognition to its personal fabrics and their formal patterning. faraway from being beside the point this present day, Johnson argues, classical track maintains to provide wealthy and interesting insights into our event of contemporary existence. The paperback version incorporates a new preface from the writer, bringing his argument brand new. Who wishes Classical Music? will stimulate readers to mirror all alone funding (or loss of it) in tune and artwork of all kinds.

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