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This is a great introduction to the philosophy of music – accessible yet sophisticated and comprehensive – that is distinguished by the range and variety of musical examples with which it illustrates the issues.

Stephen Davies, University of Auckland

Ted Gracyk’s On Music is the best brief overview there is of the core philosophical questions about music. It’s a great introduction to philosophy for music-lovers, packed with a wide range of pertinent musical examples, from birdsong to bluegrass, Romanticism to ragas. And for those already familiar with the questions it is a rare opportunity to see how a philosopher at the top of his game sees one set of answers hanging together – a unified vision of the nature and value of music.

Andrew Kania, Trinity University

"Gracyk writes clearly and cogently, in a philosopher’s idiom, about what is important about music. [He] supports his argument with copious examples from Western classical, folk, jazz, blues , pop, and Hindustani music. Summing Up: Recommended."

J.M Carvalho, Villanova University, in Choice

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Theodore Gracyk is Department Chair and Professor of Philosophy at Minnesota State University Moorhead

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
An enjoyable, common-language exploration on the Philosophy of Music. 5 Jun. 2014
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An enjoyable, common-language exploration on the Philosophy of Music. From Beethoven to the Beatles, Jaco Pastorius to Ravi Shankar, Theodore Gracyk explores how and why music speaks to us.

This book is written for general audiences and skillfully explores the human phenomenon that is Music. An enjoyable read with clear examples and fascinating perspectives.
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Not a meal on its subject. 5 May 2014
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As an introduction for the non-specialist or layperson, I find that On Music is of such quality as to make me think the book must be highly interesting large majority of the lay reader. But, as even the author states, this book is not a general, or over-all, introduction to it's subject. Rather, it introduces only a small 'slice' of the 'pie' which is the philosophy of music. For me, personally, this particular 'slice' is all-but-worthless, so that I wish that the title of the book had been specific to that effect, or, that a subtitle specifying that 'slice' had been included.

So, my own story in regard to this book is this: With a haste born of hunger-and-business, I grabbed up this small and inexpensive book, with its general title on a subject of my intense interest to me, expecting it to be a general introduction to its subject. I basically regret having bought it. By no means is it philosophical junk food. But, its title 'smelled' far better to me than I find that, for me, it 'tastes'.

So, if you are thinking that you might like this book, there may be a fair chance that you find it to be a 'dish' that tastes dry and flavorless to you. You might do better by first logging in to Amazon and then reading a few random pages.
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