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Philosophically music is puzzling. It cannot simply be identified with sound, in part because music often includes silences but also because sounds are simply auditory phenomena whereas music essentially involves tonality creating such features as melody, harmony, direction, and expression. Sounds may indicate their causes (e.g. the ‘ting’ of a bell) but they do not mean them, whereas music carries various kinds of significance principally emotional meaning. The origins of music probably lie in tapping stones to signal or blowing horns as a warning, but out of this developed composition and performance detached from practical purposes and enjoyed for their aesthetic qualities.

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    The Journal of Philosophy Volume 77, Issue 1, January 1980 Jerrold Levinson Pages 5-28 https://doi.org/10.2307/2025596 What a Musical Work Is  

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    ROGER SCRUTON UNDERSTANDING MUSIC PHILOSOPHY AND INTERPRETATION Understanding Music This page intentionally left blank Understanding Music Philosophy and Interpretation 3 Roger Scruton continuum LONDON NEW YORK Continuum UK, The Tower Building, 11 York Road, London SE1 7NX Continuum US, 80 Maiden Lane, Suite 704, New York, NY 10038 www.continuumbooks.com Copyright © Roger Scruton 2009 All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying, recording or any information storage or retrieval system, without prior permission from the publishers. First published 2009 British Library Cataloguing-in-Publication Data A catalogue record for this book is available from the British Library. ISBN 978 184706 506 3 Typeset by Interactive Sciences Ltd, Gloucester Printed and bound by ???

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    The Moral and Psychological Effects of Music: A Theological Appraisal A thorough survey of the views of Western philosophers and theologians on the connection between music and the moral life, with special attention given to the ancient Greeks, the Church Fathers and St. Thomas Aquinas, and concluding with some considerations drawn from modern psychology. Though there is no real consensus on this matter in the Western philosophical and theological tradition, there are many insights to be found. This is the dissertation of Basil Cole, O.P.

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    The Future of Tonality: a Conversation

    On March 2, 2021, the Roger Scruton Legacy Foundation hosted The Future of Tonality: a Conversation on Roger Scruton and Music. The event featured English composer David Matthews and music broadcaster Stephen Johnson in a discussion about Scruton's work on music, his compositions, and his legacy in the tonal tradition. The Roger Scruton Legacy Foundation is a US-based nonprofit dedicated to furthering the work and writings of Roger Scruton. To find out more about the Foundation, visit our website at www.Scruton.org.

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    Music and Morals

    Are music and morals connected? If so, what is the nature of that connection? Are certain musical sounds morally bad or good in themselves, or are they neutral? Could the influence of music on morality be of an indirect kind? Is there such a thing as a virtuous way of listening to music? Can music prepare us for the spiritual life? Do you have to be a good person to make beautiful music? I discuss these questions and more with theologian Fr. Basil Cole, O.P., an amateur jazz pianist who wrote his dissertation on the moral effects of music (not to be confused with another Fr. Basil who has also commented on the same subject!). Links Basil Cole, O.P. bio https://www.dominicanajournal.org/preacher-professor-and-author-extraordinaire/ Read Fr. Basil's dissertation https://www.catholicculture.org/culture/library/view.cfm?recnum=11968 Fr. Basil articles at CC https://www.catholicculture.org/search/resultslist.cfm?requesttype=docbrowseauth&resourcetype=1&catlabel=author&catid=85 Further recommended reading (not mentioned in episode): Elisabeth-Paule Labat, O.S.B., The Song That I Am: On the Mystery of Music https://amzn.to/2LemFYY Timestamps 3:16 Fr. Basil Cole interview 4:05 Fr. Basil’s musical background 10:01 Refuting the claim that certain musical sounds are intrinsically morally bad or good 12:20 Common misapplication of Plato’s theory of music 18:28 Does music imitate or express emotions? 20:05 Why certain personalities might feel threatened by musical creativity; the necessity of risk in art and the spiritual life 25:31 Why the philosophers have not understood music: it goes beyond reason and concepts 31:32 How good music teaches us to “rejoice rightly” 37:34 Music as school of contemplation 44:34 Beauty and morality: an indirect relationship; can music promote morality through happiness? 48:31 Temperance in listening to music 51:17 Is mediocre music morally degrading? 55:08 Using music to foster false identity and narcissistic sentimentality vs. true self-knowledge through contemplation 59:16 The vice of curiositas in music: music streaming tempts us to superficial musical gluttony 1:01:05 Curiositas: Over-analysis and musical snobbery 1:03:28 What Frank Serpico can teach us about music and integrity 1:06:38 Do you have to be a good person to make beautiful music? 1:10:50 What virtues does an artist need? 1:13:02 How to begin listening to music more deeply 1:15:47 This week’s excerpt: Sirach 32:5

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    The Arts, Contemplation and Virtue

    Fr. Basil Cole returns to discuss what he has been teaching the student brothers at the Dominican House of Studies in Washington, D.C., in a course on the arts, contemplation and virtue. Links Episode 11: Music and Morals—Fr. Basil Cole, O.P. https://www.catholicculture.org/podcast/index.cfm?id=11 Fr. Basil’s dissertation, The Moral and Psychological Effects of Music: A Theological Appraisal https://www.catholicculture.org/culture/library/view.cfm?recnum=11968 Fr. Basil’s articles at Catholic Culture https://www.catholicculture.org/search/resultslist.cfm?requesttype=docbrowseauth&resourcetype=1&catlabel=author&catid=85 Readings mentioned: Jacques Maritain, Art and Scholasticism https://maritain.nd.edu/jmc/etext/art.htm Josef Pieper, Only the Lover Sings https://www.ignatius.com/Only-the-Lover-Sings-P1873.aspx Pope St. John Paul II, Letter to Artists https://www.catholicculture.org/culture/library/view.cfm?id=988&repos=1&subrepos=0&searchid=1905529 Pope Benedict XVI, Address to Artists https://www.catholicculture.org/culture/library/view.cfm?id=9187&repos=1&subrepos=0&searchid=1905530 Pope St. Paul VI, Address to Artists http://w2.vatican.va/content/paul-vi/en/speeches/1965/documents/hf_p-vi_spe_19651208_epilogo-concilio-artisti.html Francis J. Kovach, Philosophy of Beauty https://www.amazon.com/Philosophy-Beauty-Frances-J-Kovach/dp/0806113634