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A question of balance : Charles Seeger's philosophy of music

Author: Taylor Aitken Greer
Publisher: Berkeley : University of California Press, ©1998.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"For more than half a century Charles Louis Seeger (1886-1979) led a distinguished career in American music as composer, teacher, author, administrator, and humanist. Seeger's musical life was as eclectic as it was abundant: he not only championed traditions outside the mainstream, including folk and popular music, but also drew on fields outside of music, such as anthropology, linguistics, philosophy, and folklore.
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Criticism, interpretation, etc
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Greer, Taylor Aitken, 1955-
Question of balance.
Berkeley : University of California Press, ©1998
(DLC) 98019450
(OCoLC)39210041
Named Person: Charles Seeger; Charles Seeger
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Taylor Aitken Greer
ISBN: 9780520920132 0520920139 0585371555 9780585371559
OCLC Number: 48139612
Description: 1 online resource (xv, 273 pages) : illustrations, music
Contents: pt. 1. Philosophical theory. Bergson's intuition and Seeger's predicament --
Russell's synthesis of mysticism and logic --
Perry's philosophy of value --
Seeger's theory of music criticism --
pt. 2. Musical applications. A philosophy in practice: music criticism --
A philosophy in practice: compositional theory --
Seeger's vision of musicology --
Epilogue: neume, new music, new musicology.
Responsibility: Taylor Aitken Greer.

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"For more than half a century Charles Louis Seeger (1886-1979) led a distinguished career in American music as composer, teacher, author, administrator, and humanist. Seeger's musical life was as eclectic as it was abundant: he not only championed traditions outside the mainstream, including folk and popular music, but also drew on fields outside of music, such as anthropology, linguistics, philosophy, and folklore. In A Question of Balance, Taylor Greer argues that Seeger's central contribution to the field of music was his aesthetic philosophy, which can be described as a marriage of conflicting temperaments: an artistic instinct mediated by a rational intellect."--Jacket.

"A Question of Balance is the first attempt to explain Seeger's philosophical theory and to trace its influence on his criticism, compositional theory, and musicology. Greer takes an interdisciplinary approach to fill a gap not only of our understanding of Seeger's wide-ranging thought but also of an entire chapter of twentieth-century American intellectual history."--Jacket.

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