Published in 1997 by the Clarendon Press.
This text offers a comprehensive account of the nature and significance of music from the perspective of modern philosophy. It is illustrated with many musical examples, and starts with the metaphysics of sound, distinguishes sound from tone, analyses rhythm, melody, and harmony, and explores the various dimensions of musical organisation, and of musical meaning. It seeks to demolish various fashionable theories in the philosophy and theory of music, and to mount a case for the moral significance of music, its place in our culture, and the need for taste and discrimination in performing and listening to it. The author lays down principles for musical analysis and criticism, and ends with a theory of culture, and a demolition of modern popular music.
Very good condition hardback, with original price-clipped dust-jacket.