What does it mean to understand music? What, if anything, does music mean? Composers, performers, listeners, and academics may answer these questions differently, but what sense of music do they share? When music seems unfamiliar or unlike anything we have heard before, we may say that we don't like it. How is taking pleasure from music related to understanding it? This book explores these and other issues as they arise in various musical contexts.
“I have read several of Rosen's books. While I don't always share his conclusions, I find the insights that he brings often combine the practical performer with the astute scholar. He is more often right than wrong. ”