The Sense of Music
Victor Zuckerkandl


This book is addressed to the listener whose enjoyment of music is filled with questions and whose curiosity makes him eager to grasp the sense of music, despite a lack of theoretical training. Unlike the usual listener's guide, which begins with a discussion of the elementary materials of music, this book starts with the elementary experiences of listening.

Victor Zuckerkandl (1896-1965), born in Vienna, came to the United States in 1940 and taught at Wellesley College, The New School, and St. John's College in Annapolis, where he developed the new approach to music presented in this book. His publications include Sound and Symbol: Music and the External World Princeton/Bollingen, 1969). A continuation of Sound and Symbol was completed before his death. It has been translated by Norbert Guterman and published as Man the Musician (Bollingen XLIV:2).