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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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Explores the parallels and divergences between music and language, dismisses certain fashionable semiotic approaches, and tries to show that recent attempts to give a generative theory of musical syntax are fundamentally mistaken. Explores the suggestions that music has syntax and a rule‐guided structure, and argues that these suggestions are based on metaphors. The meaning of a piece of music is given by perception, not by convention.

Keywords:   generative theory, language, meaning of music, music, musical syntax, perception, semiotic approach

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