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Good Music: What It Is and Who Gets to Decide

John J. Sheinbaum


Over the past two centuries Western culture has valorized a particular kind of “good” music—highly serious, magnificently unified, wondrously deep, stylistically authentic, heroically created, and strikingly original—and has marginalized music that does not live up to those ideals. These standards encompass ethical assumptions about the functions of music, concepts of authorship and creativity, and relationships among aspects of the music itself. This book explores these traditional models for valuing music. By engaging with examples such as Handel oratorios, Beethoven and Mahler symphonies, j ... More

Keywords: the Beatles, Ludwig van Beethoven, good music, George Frideric Handel, jazz, Gustav Mahler, marginalized music, progressive rock, Bruce Springsteen, valuing music

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780226593241
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2019 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226593418.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John J. Sheinbaum, author
University of Denver