- Paperback: 176 pages
- Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (3 July 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0415807786
- ISBN-13: 978-0415807784
- Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1 x 19.8 cm
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 976,079 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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On Music (Thinking in Action) Paperback – 3 Jul 2013
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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
About the Author
Theodore Gracyk is Department Chair and Professor of Philosophy at Minnesota State University Moorhead
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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'.
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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.