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Music In Search Of Itself: Essays On Music About Music (Studies in the…
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Many contemporary composers and music critics say in an offhand way that all music written in the past quarter century is about music--that it is reflexive and self-referential in some significant sense. It is music in search of an understanding of itself. This book tries to deepen the understanding of music about music as well as music itself in four ways. First, it puts music's own self-understanding onto an equal footing with philosophical aesthetics of music. It subjects pieces of music about music to close, detailed analysis, and puts the statements about the nature of music that emerge fr.
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