What is music for? How does it work? What can it teach us? Intuitively, we feel there must be answers to such questions, but they tend to be scattered throughout a wide range of different areas of study, from acoustics to music history, from psychology to composition. In this brilliant and thought-provoking book, Maconie seeks the answers to these and other fundamental questions about music, integrating music and appropriate scientific research in a new evaluation of his topic. In so doing, he argues passionately for a reappraisal of music, not as mere entertainment, but as something basic to our experience of listening and communicating in sound, and an art which has exerted a profound influence on society.
"By explaining music both through its physical components as well as in its relation to other arts, Maconie attempts to restore his field to the eminence it held in the waning Middle Ages. His appeals are eloquent, his arguments largely persuasive."--Virginia Quarterly Review
"The author has presented his ideas in a most readable and interesting form. The text should be most helpful to students in music literature classes."--Iris Scarborough, Campbell University
"Wonderful book!"--Janet Heukeshoven, Saint Mary's University of Minnesota
"A wonderful, straightforward text suitable for an aesthetics class or a graduate-level music education seminar. Easily readable and approachable."--Eugenie I. Burkett, Pembroke State University
Communication; The pleasure of hearing; Looking and listening; Sound vibrations; Attraction; Sounds like reality; Orchestra; Time; Space; Belief systems; Scales; Melody, harmony, tonality; Notation; Ornamentation; Instruments; Sharps and flats; Enclosures; Palladio; Dissonance; Applause; Select bibliography; Index