Journals Higher Education



Published: 26 June 2014

400 Pages | 3 BW line, 9 BW halftones


ISBN: 9780199343638

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Absolute Music

The History of an Idea

Mark Evan Bonds

  • The first survey of the idea of "pure music" from antiquity to the present
  • Proposes a revised view of music history based on the relationship between music's essence and its effect
  • Discusses the rehabilitation of absolute music in the aesthetics of musical modernism