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Music Alone: Philosophical Reflections on the Purely Musical Experience Paperback – May 23, 1991
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I wanted to understand why certain music moves me so (Beethoven and Bach particularly). I wanted something beyond "program notes", and that means (I came to learn) musicology and especially philosophy of music.
The search led me to some pretty turgid, academic, unreadable (to a non-academic like myself) texts, including books by this author, who is an academic.
But this book is very good so far; I am about halfway through. The writing is accessible but deep, and explanatory without being reductionist. Reductionist would for example be "explaining" by employing neuroanatomy in a restatement of the problem as if that were an explanation, the way a physician will sometimes pronounce a diagnosis that is simply your symptoms restated in Latin.
Kivy asks what it means to "understand" music, and I am finding his exploration of this to be very helpful to me.