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The Idea of Music
An Introduction to Musical Aesthetics in Antiquity and the Middle Ages

By Herbert M Schueller

The Idea of Music
Hardback, 529 pages £93.50
Published: 1988
ISBN: 9780918720870
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Series: Early Drama, Art, and Music, Early Drama, Art, and Music Monograph

Music has long been neglected by aestheticians, who tend to privilege discussions of visual arts and literature. In this volume, Herbert M. Schueller brings the aesthetics of music into the fold, tracing the development of the idea from classical antiquity through the medieval period. He writes in a manner accessible to scholars whose specialties lie outside of technical music theory, keeping in mind especially the aesthetician but also general medieval scholars, and even the general reader.

Part I: The Idea of Music in Ancient Europe From Apollo to Damon Plato Aristotle Post-Aristotelian Theory: The Peripatetics The Hellenistic Dispersal of Greek Musical Theory: Epicureans and Stoics The Hellenistic Dispersal: Various Theorists Hebraism and Hellenism Aristides Quintilianus The Fruits of Hellenism: Plotinus and Neoplatonism The Decline of Hellenism Part II: The Church Fathers and the Middle Ages The Fathers of the Church St. Augustine Latin Textbook Pioneers The Carolingian and Post-Carolingian Age The Middle Ages: The Eleventh and Twelfth Centuries The Philosophers of the High Middle Ages Music Theories and Theorists of the High Middle Ages

Herbert M. Schueller was a professor of English at Wayne State University.

Publication Details:

 Hardback , 529 pages

BIC Code:
  HIS037010, MUS020000
 Medieval Institute Publications


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