9780199755424-0199755426-Who Needs Classical Music?: Cultural Choice and Musical Value

Who Needs Classical Music?: Cultural Choice and Musical Value

ISBN-13: 9780199755424
ISBN-10: 0199755426
Edition: Reprint
Author: Johnson, Julian
Publication date: 2011
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Format: Paperback 140 pages
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ISBN-13: 9780199755424
ISBN-10: 0199755426
Edition: Reprint
Author: Johnson, Julian
Publication date: 2011
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Format: Paperback 140 pages

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Acknowledged authors Johnson, Julian wrote Who Needs Classical Music?: Cultural Choice and Musical Value comprising 140 pages back in 2011. Textbook and eTextbook are published under ISBN 0199755426 and 9780199755424. Since then Who Needs Classical Music?: Cultural Choice and Musical Value textbook was available to sell back to BooksRun online for the top buyback price or rent at the marketplace.

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Praised in The Economist as "heartfelt and finely reasoned. . . wise, perceptive and inspiring," Who Needs Classical Music? offers a fresh and balanced defense of the value of classical music in contemporary culture. Challenging the many cultural critics who contend that the division between "high" and "low" art is an artificial one, that Beethoven's Ninth and "Blue Suede Shoes" are equally valuable, Julian Johnson counters that music is more than just "a matter of taste." Music can provide entertainment or simply serve as background noise. Classical music, he suggests, is shaped by its claim to function as art. It is distinguished by a self-conscious attention to its own materials and their formal patterning. Far from being irrelevant today, Johnson argues, classical music continues to offer rich and engaging insights into our experience of modern life. The paperback edition includes a new preface from the author, bringing his argument up to date. Who Needs Classical Music? will stimulate readers to reflect on their own investment (or lack of it) in music and art of all kinds.

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