"...a magnificent introduction to the problems faced by aestheticians of the past and present...should be on all shelves as a standard reference." Choice
"As an introduction to the field by way of its major figures and topics, the work can hardly be bettered." MLA Notes
Combining a historical and systematic approach, Carl Dahlhaus provides an account of developments in the aesthetics of music from the mid-eighteenth century onwards. Central themes in music are grouped together to illustrate both the historical course of events and a systematic unity of the essential elements in the aesthetics of music.