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The Science of Music - Robin Maconie

The Science of Music

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Published: 1st July 1997
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Apart from providing an outlet for human emotions, does music have a use? Is a Mozart symphony intelligent, and is music a language? If so, what does it say and how does it say it? In this perceptive and revolutionary sequel to The Concept of Music, Robin Maconie teases out the musical science underlying subjects as diverse as Pythagoras's theorem, Plato's city state, mysteries of religion, myth, and folklore, theories of the mind, and key insights of Newton, Freud, and Wittgenstein. Western civilization is based on a foundation of universal laws derived from acoustics and hearing. Music is not only the product of that civilizing process but also the key to understanding the hidden structures and rituals of established belief. Beneath the surface of mass entertainment lie musical notations, images, instruments, and ensemble interactions to be understood afresh as models and mind games in an ongoing programme of scientfic discovery, information management, and social organization. That understanding is exciting in itself, has important educational and cultural implications, and is essential for future progress in musical composition.

`As for reading pleasure, the book is full of illuminating formulations ... full also of surprises, amusing remarks, imaginative extrapolations.' Herman Sabbe, Musicae Scientiae, Vol III, no 2, Fall 1999 `Maconie explores a number of unusual trails and establishes some intriguing connections.' Piers Spencer, British Journal of Music `Maconie's book is a beguiling ramble through all kinds of arcane lore' Ivan Hewitt, BBC Music

List of Figuresp. xvi
Intermittencyp. 1
Pitchp. 13
Discriminationsp. 23
Consciousnessp. 37
Speechp. 51
Doubtp. 63
Naming Namesp. 77
Unisonp. 91
Numberp. 103
Organizationp. 115
Temperamentp. 129
Melosp. 141
Ratiop. 157
Instrumentsp. 167
Death and Transfigurationp. 179
Discoursep. 189
Envoip. 199
Referencesp. 201
Indexp. 207
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ISBN: 9780198166481
ISBN-10: 0198166486
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 238
Published: 1st July 1997
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.35 x 14.66  x 2.01
Weight (kg): 0.42