The Unanswered Question: Six Talks at Harvard (Charles Eliot Norton Lectures) (The Charles Eliot Norton Lectures)
The varied forms of Leonard Bernstein's musical creativity have been recognized and enjoyed by millions. These lectures, Mr. Bernstein's most recent venture in musical explication, will make fascinating reading as well. Virgil Thomson says of the lectures: "Nobody anywhere presents this material so warmly, so sincerely, so skillfully. As musical mind-openers they are firs...more
The first three essays are highly technical - Bernstein lays out a linguistic theory of music (borrowing heavily from Chomsky.) The latter three essays apply these principles but also venture a great deal into philosophy, literature, and poetry. "The Delights and Dangers of Ambiguity" explores Romanticism; "The Twenti ...more
For those wishing to listen to the excerpts and pronunciations/sounds "in the moment," you can watch the series on Netflix as well.
Ah, if only Charles Ives could be resurrected in order to settle this debate! Who am I kidding, he'd remain "neutral" just to provoke us all.