Mark Evan Bonds

Mark Evan Bonds is the Cary C. Boshamer Distinguished Professor of Musicology at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. His research interests encompass the history of concepts about music, both philosophical and aesthetic, during the period from 1750 to around 1910. He has written widely on the music of Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven, particularly on the symphony since Beethoven. Some of his works include Wordless Rhetoric: Musical Form and the Metaphor of Oration (1991), Music as Thought: Listening to the Symphony in the Age of Beethoven (2006), and Absolute Music: The History of an Idea (2014). Bonds is also the author of three music history textbooks entitled: Listen to This (2009), A History of Music in Western Culture (2003), and A Brief History of Music in Western Culture (2006).


Volume 128

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Guests on Volume 128: Matthew Crawford, on how skillful engagement with the material world provides the setting for true individuality; Carlo Lancellotti, on Augusto Del Noce's critique of modernity; James Turner, on the origins of the humanities in the venerable discipline of philology; Rod Dreher, on what he learned from Dante’s Divine Comedy; Mark Evan Bonds, on the idea of "absolute music"; and Jeremy Beer, on the neglected accomplishments of Booth Tarkington.