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Music : A Very Short Introduction - Nicholas Cook


A Very Short Introduction

Paperback Published: 24th February 2000
ISBN: 9780192853820
Number Of Pages: 160

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What is music? How is it constructed? How is it consumed? Why do you enjoy it at all? InMusic: A Very Short plays Introduction, Nicholas Cook invites us to really think about music and the role it plays in our lives and our ears. Drawing on a number of accessible examples, the author prompts us to call on our own musical experiences in order to think more critically about the roles of the performers and the listener, about music as a commodity and an experience, what it means to understand music, and the values we ascribe to it.

This very short introduction, written with both humor and flair, begins with a sampling of music as human activity and then goes on to consider the slippery phenomenon of how music has become an object of thought. Covering not only Western and classical music, Cook touches on all types from rock to Indonesian music and beyond. Incorporating musical forms from every continent,Music will make enjoyable reading for beginner and expert alike.

About the Series: Combining authority with wit, accessibility, and style, Very Short Introductionsoffer an introduction to some of life's most interesting topics. Written by experts for the newcomer, they demonstrate the finest contemporary thinking about the central problems and issues in hundreds of key topics, from philosophy to Freud, quantum theory to Islam.

Introduction 1: Musical Values 2: Back to Beethoven 3: A State of Crisis? 4: An Imaginary Object 5: A Matter of Representation 6: Music and the Academy 7: Music and Gender Conclusion References Index

ISBN: 9780192853820
ISBN-10: 0192853821
Series: Very Short Introductions
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 160
Published: 24th February 2000
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 11.3 x 17.3  x 1.0
Weight (kg): 0.12

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