The notion of musical import-meaning and significance-covers a wide spectrum of conferred plausibilities ranging from theories of expression and theories pertaining to aesthetic value through symbolic theories of signification. from the editor's Introduction.
Exploring in greater detail the concept of Import mentioned in Volume I (Substance) the second of this four-volume anthology of musical thought contains under Affect and Expression excerpts from St. Augustine Tinctoris Vincenzo Galilei Marin Mersenne Johannes A. Scheibe Wilhelm Wackenroder Friedrich Vischer Leonard B. Meyer Peter Kivy and Roger Scruton. Reason and Experience presents the writings of Ptolemy Galilei Gioseffo Zarlino August Ambros Henri Bergson John Dewey and Roger Sessions. Sensory Cognition and Unconscious Referentials includes essays of René Descartes Francis Hutcheson Alexander Baumgarten Hermann Kretzschmar Arnold Schering Susanne K. Langer Leon ard B. Meyer Claude Lévi-Strauss and Umberto Eco.