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Music and the Origins of Language : Theories from the French Enlightenment - Professor Downing A. Thomas

Music and the Origins of Language

Theories from the French Enlightenment

Hardcover Published: 30th June 1995
ISBN: 9780521473071
Number Of Pages: 208

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The search for the origins of language was one of the most pressing philosophical issues of the eighteenth century. It has escaped notice, however, that music figured prominently in that search. This study analyzes reflections on music and music theory as they appear within the logical and narrative structure of texts by, for example, Rousseau, Diderot, Rameau and Condillac, and considers the ways in which music facilitates links between language and meaning, between conceptions of an original society and an ideal social order.

'Thomas distills these and far more recondite arguments with admirable clarity, and, what is more, he persuades the non-philosophically inclined reader of the relevance of his investigation.' Musical Times '... it provides an invaluable chronicle of some fascinating developments in the idea of a musical language within neo-classical theories of representation.' British Journal of Aesthetics

Acknowledgements
Introduction
Music and language
Origins
Music theory and the genealogy of knowledge in Condillac's Essai sur l'origine des connaissances humaines
Music and original loss in Rousseau's Essai sur l'origine des langues
Sensible sounds: music and theories of the passions
Conclusion
Biography
Index
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ISBN: 9780521473071
ISBN-10: 0521473071
Series: New Perspectives in Music History and Criticism
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 208
Published: 30th June 1995
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 1.6
Weight (kg): 0.48