Introduction Chapter 1. Musical Values Chapter 2. Uses and Abuses Chapter 3. Music as Art Chapter 4. Understanding Music Chapter 5. The Old, the New, and the Contemporary Chapter 6. Cultural Choices Bibliography Index
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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