Roger Scruton is a leading authority on aesthetics, but has also published books on other aspects of philosophy, politics, literature, architecture, and modern culture. Currently a freelance writer and composer, he was previously Professor of Philosophy at Boston University.
A formidably gifted philosopher, he here combines analytical rigour with a daunting knowledge of the repertoire as a performer and occasional composer, to ask the most fundamental questions about what music is and what our capacity to enjoy it tells us about the human condition. This is a rich and rewarding study, and I doubt whether anyone could have done it better. * Jonathan Sachs, The Times *