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Musical Life : Reflections on What It Is and How to Live It - W. A. Mathieu

Musical Life

Reflections on What It Is and How to Live It

Paperback Published: 24th May 1994
ISBN: 9780877736707
Number Of Pages: 250

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Everyone, according to W.A. Mathieu, is musical by nature--it goes right along with being human. And if you don't believe it, this book will convince you. In a series of interrelated short essays, Mathieu takes the reader on a journey through ordinary experiences to open our ears to the rich variety of music that surrounds us but that we are trained to ignore; such as the variety of pitches produced by different objects, like glassware, furniture, drums--anything you can tap; or sounds that hover on the border of music, like laughter, the clinking of glasses in a toast, or the unintentional falsetto produced by yawning. Along the way the author teaches aspects of music theory that nonmusicians might ordinarily shy away from. He reveals the way of music to be a profoundly spiritual path--one that is everyone's birthright.

Shower Herop. 3
Everyday Rhythmp. 6
Everyday Pitchp. 9
Bug on a Tambourap. 10
Boundary Eventsp. 13
Electric Bridgep. 18
First World Piecep. 21
The Mind of Soundp. 24
Music versus Wordsp. 29
Listening to Eveningp. 32
When Cousins Fall in Lovep. 34
Paper Ropep. 38
Central Fishp. 41
Be a Moviep. 43
Ephemeralsp. 45
Yawning Confessionp. 47
Sound Applesp. 49
Sound Memoryp. 51
Name Historyp. 54
Voice Maskp. 57
Inner Voicep. 60
Breathing Soundp. 62
Ultimate Mixerp. 64
Some Music Mirrorsp. 69
Simple Is Complexp. 74
Homep. 76
Memory Binp. 80
Whatsa Matta wid da Bass?p. 85
"You Can't Do Anything Twice"p. 87
Consonance and Dissonance (No! No! No!)p. 90
Healing Musicp. 95
Poison Musicp. 97
Concert Music, Sky Music, Wedding Musicp. 100
Composition as Self-Expressionp. 105
Craftp. 107
What Is It a Piece Of?p. 111
Discovery, Prophecyp. 116
Writing Itp. 118
Pleasure in the Long Cyclep. 123
Erased Musicp. 126
Fighting the Deadp. 129
Bach Dyingp. 131
So That's What We Dop. 133
Abundancep. 139
Long Tonesp. 141
Firefly Constellationsp. 144
Human Unisonp. 146
Composite Soundp. 152
Octave Mysteryp. 154
The Rope Trickp. 156
Duple Naturep. 158
Weeny Personp. 161
Two Was Goodp. 164
Triple Naturep. 169
A House for Soundp. 173
The Powers That Bep. 175
Pentamerous Naturep. 178
Naming the Tonesp. 183
Three Ways to Produce Overtonesp. 192
String Oceanp. 197
Timbre Saucep. 199
The Overtones as Musical Infrastructurep. 201
Our Harmonious Naturep. 205
World Crazinessp. 213
As If It Were Musicp. 215
Honeysuckle Breathp. 217
Sources and Diversionsp. 221
Discographyp. 235
Table of Contents provided by Blackwell. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780877736707
ISBN-10: 0877736707
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 250
Published: 24th May 1994
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.5 x 14.0  x 1.5
Weight (kg): 0.33
Edition Number: 1

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