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Music as Thought: Listening to the Symphony in the Age of Beethoven

by Mark Evan Bonds

Before the nineteenth century, instrumental music was considered inferior to vocal music. Kant described wordless music as "more pleasure than culture," and Rousseau dismissed it for its inability to convey...

Absolute Music: The History of an Idea

by Mark Evan Bonds

What is music, and why does it move us? From Pythagoras to the present, writers have struggled to isolate the essence of pure or absolute music in ways that also account for its profound effect. In Absolute...