Who Needs Classical Music?: Cultural Choice and Musical Value

byJulian Johnson

Paperback | August 19, 2011

Who Needs Classical Music?: Cultural Choice and Musical Value by Julian Johnson
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Praised in The Economist as "heartfelt and finely reasoned...wise, perceptive and inspiring," Who Needs Classical Music? offers a fresh and balanced defense of the value of classical music in contemporary culture. Challenging the many cultural critics who contend that the division between "high" and "low" art is an artificial one, that Beethoven's Ninth and "Blue Suede Shoes" are equally valuable, Julian Johnson counters that music is more than just "a matter of taste." Music can provide entertainment or simply serve as background noise. Classical music, he suggests, is shaped by its claim to function as art. It is distinguished by a self-conscious attention to its own materials and their formal patterning. Far from being irrelevant today, Johnson argues, classical music continues to offer rich and engaging insights into our experience of modern life. The paperback edition includes a new preface from the author, bringing his argument up to date. Who Needs Classical Music? will stimulate readers to reflect on their own investment (or lack of it) in music and art of all kinds.
Julian Johnson is Professor of Music at Royal Holloway, University of London. He was awarded the Dent Medal of the Royal Musical Association for "outstanding contributions to musicology."
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Title:Who Needs Classical Music?: Cultural Choice and Musical ValueFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:160 pages, 9.25 X 6.12 X 0.68 inShipping dimensions:160 pages, 9.25 X 6.12 X 0.68 inPublished:August 19, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199755426

ISBN - 13:9780199755424

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