WHAT IS MUSIC? by John Erskins


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Litterateur Erskine turns to his avocation, the art most difficult to verbalize, and contributes a good general book about music as an enjoyment and as a profession. Without the oversimplification of Stokowski's Music For All of Us, this follows the same lines and endeavours to ""make the love of music to some degree more intelligent"" by defining it, its office in society, and its importance. Absolute and program music; structure (melody, harmony, rhythm, etc. with practical application); musical notation; the different instruments; the opportunities and difficulties of music as a career; the performer -- and his returns; the amateur; the teacher -- with sharp criticism of the lack of qualifications of most of our musical educators; the composer, the publisher, and the anomalous position of the critic. A book of interpretation and practical value for music lovers, potential performers.

Pub Date: Dec. 8th, 1944
Publisher: Lippincott