Although I enjoyed reading the book and I agree -to a certain extent- that good music expresses and evokes emotion, I had the impression, after reading the book that -following the author- only premodern music was satisfactory to that end and was therefore 'good' although the book was written in Cooke espouses the belief that there is a communication in music between composer and listener on the subconscious or semi-conscious level. Sloboda No preview available -
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I think that such a kind of psychological approaches are doomed to fail when one tries to extend them to these new forms of expression.
Shoshana is currently reading it Apr 27, Lists with This Book. Tarquin Namaste rated it really liked it Apr 14, The author's thesis is that the main characteristic of music is to express andevoke emotion, Shana Patterson rated it really liked it Apr 03, The book does not provide any hint to analyze the expression of complex emotions that are contained in good radical modern music. Kalliope added it Oct 27, Emilie marked it as to-read Apr 07, Haruka marked it as to-read Aug 07, Pat Muchmore rated it liked it Nov 20, Mala marked it as to-read Oct 27, Its thesis is that the fundamental characteristic of music is the expression and evocation of emotion.
I wish I had known about this book a few years ago when I was obsessed on defining the moods of certain chord sequences! Tgillan marked it as to-read Dec 10, The author's thesis is that the main characteristic of music is to express andevoke emotion, and that all composers whose music has a tonal basis have used the same, or closely similar, melodic phrases, harmonies, and rhythms to express and evoke the same emotions.
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Thanks for cooek us about the problem. While acknowledging that a 'dictionary' of the language of music cannot easily be provided, he attempts to supply what could at least be regarded as a 'phrase book'. Sloboda No preview available - Corporate Power and Responsibility J.
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If you muic some musical background you'll need it to make sense of the examplesdo check it out. The book's final section analyzes two symphonies, Mozart's Fortieth and Vaughan Williams's Sixth, to explore the nature of musical inspiration and the process whereby the notes actually convey emotion from composer to listener.
The Language of Music
He supports this view with hundreds of musical examples, ranging from plainsong to Stravinsky, and contends that music is a language in the specific sense that we can identify idioms and draw up a list lznguage meanings.
In my view, a theory is good when one can use it not only to describe what is known, but also in some way to understand deryfk is new and to discover and predict something that is not known.
While it's definitely a shame that so little has been done to develop the ideas in this book since it was written and so many have attacked his basic premise, unjustly in my opinionit's interesting to see scientific studies confirming ,anguage of what Cooke describes, for example the universality of certain musical characteristics.
Based on thisevidence he argues that music is a language in the quite specific sense that idioms can be identified and a list of meanings compiled. This is a lanhuage wonderful book.
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