"In this revised version of his ground-breaking study Professor Lippman looks at the vanishing world of humanism with compassion and concision. When it was originally published it was the first book on musical aesthetics to examine music from the standpoint of society and culture. The traditional problems of the field were viewed in a new perspective that brought their solution clearly into view. Since that time the field has exploded with investigations of many aspects of the subject with varying degrees of distinction. Professor Lippman’s revision is distinguished by the clarity of his language and the relevance of his analyses.
Edward Lippman: Professor Emeritus Edward Lippman retired from Columbia University after a long and distinguished career as a leading scholar of musical aesthetics. His most recent work, /The Philosophy and Aesthetics of Music /(University of Nebraska Press, 1999) has met with esteem and critical praise.