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Is musical appreciation dependent on knowledge? Is musical appreciation dependent on knowledge?

Topic started by Raghav Kaushik (@ nova13.cs.wisc.edu) on Wed Oct 7 14:58:26 EDT 1998.
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I have read several threads and formed this opinion: It seems to be assumed in general that a better musical knowledge implies a better appreciation of music. This is especially assumed by people who are NOT musically very knowledgeable. I disagree with this. IMO, if one is a discerning enough listener, one can appreciate music as well as any other person, however knowledgeable he/she may be. This is so because enjoyment and appreciation entail listening abilities which are quite independent(IMO) of knowledge.

Of course, this is my view point - that of a person who is not well versed in music. Hence, I would like this to be discussed.


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