Aesthetics of Music: Musicological Approaches is an anthology of fourteen essays, each addressing a single key concept or pair of terms in the aesthetics of music, collectively serving as an authoritative work on musical aesthetics that remains as close to 'the music' as possible. Each essay includes musical examples from works in the 18th, 19th, and into the 20th century. Topics have been selected from amongst widely recognised central issues in musical aesthetics, as well as those that have been somewhat neglected, to create a collection that covers a distinctive range of ideas. All essays cover historical origins, sources, and developments of the chosen idea, survey important musicological approaches, and offer new critical angles or musical case studies in interpretation.

chapter 1|22 pages


chapter 2|19 pages

Values and judgements

chapter 3|20 pages

Absolute music

chapter 4|22 pages

Program music

chapter 5|27 pages

Beautiful and sublime

chapter 6|33 pages

Dialectics and musical analysis

chapter 7|26 pages


chapter 8|18 pages


chapter 9|15 pages

Jazz – avant-garde – tradition

chapter 10|21 pages


chapter 11|15 pages

Music and the moving image

chapter 12|20 pages


chapter 13|17 pages


chapter 14|21 pages

Virtuosity and the virtuoso