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This stimulating Very Short Introduction to music invites us to really think about music and the values and qualities we ascribe to it.

The world teems with different kinds of music-traditional, folk, classical, jazz, rock, pop-and each type of music tends to come with its own way of thinking. Drawing on a wealth of accessible examples ranging from Beethoven to Chinese zither music, Nicholas Cook attempts to provide a framework for thinking about all music. By examining the personal, social, and cultural values that music embodies, the book reveals the shortcomings of traditional conceptions of music, and sketches a more
inclusive approach emphasizing the role of performers and listeners.

ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

Product Details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1155 KB
  • Print Length: 152 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford; 1 edition (24 Feb. 2000)
  • Sold by:  Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0192853821
  • ISBN-13: 978-0192853820
  • ASIN: B005OQGC8E
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
  • X-Ray: Not Enabled
  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled

Customer Reviews

A Fascinating Overview.

 on 2 July 2018
By Zenouf the Birdcatcher
This book seems the very essence of the ‘Very Short Introductions’ series: Short, punchy and very thought provoking. Read and think about the role of Music.

Fascinating, Informative and Provoking

 on 16 June 2013
By R.C
I found this book to have been written efficiently, in a very readable manner that meant I read it in a matter of hours. It was easy to understand and presented a vast number of different opinions and views on Music’s role in society, as well as it’s relevance to the politics of language, gender and identity. Be warned as this is not an introduction to musical theory, analysis or even musical history, focusing primarily on the work of Beethoven and Schubert, but rather a comprehensive introduction to the relevance of music in society and the role it plays in our world. As a music student, I found it extremely useful 🙂

Five Stars

 on 19 March 2018
By Amazon Customer
As described and an interesting intro book to music study

Useful and Interesting

 on 20 January 2017
By Emily
Reading it as a music degree undergraduate, I found it both useful and interesting and has definitely changed the way I think about music as well as informed me about musical history. Is concise and a very good read for any ‘musician’ or anyone who’s interested in music

Five Stars

 on 24 November 2016
By sarah28
another slim book for the music student

More than an introduction.

 on 22 April 2015
By lpagross
I really enjoyed reading this.

Five Stars

 on 3 November 2014
By Paula Lajoso
i love it

Kindle edition

 on 17 November 2011
By P. W. Skerratt
The content of this book is generally good – the approach is interesting and thought-provoking. There is one serious error: the author asserts that tablature can only be used to represent chords, not melody; it doesn’t significantly change the line of his argument but does dent his credibility (if he’s wrong about this, what else is he wrong about?).

great

 on 6 December 2013
By MRS J SMITH
It is essential reading for my daughter’s university course. It has been – and still is – very well used.
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