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The Aesthetics of Music$
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Roger Scruton

Print publication date: 1999

Print ISBN-13: 9780198167273

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/019816727X.001.0001

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The Aesthetics of Music

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An account of the primary elements of the musical experience, arguing that rhythm, accent, melody, harmony, and movement are all features of the intentional object of musical perception (‘tone’) but not features of the material object (‘sound’) in which that intentional object is heard. Musical perception involves an act of metaphorical transfer, which orders sounds according to concepts that do not literally apply to them.

Keywords:   accent, harmony, intentional object, melody, metaphorical transfer, movement, musical experience, musical perception, rhythm, sound, tone

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