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Author Ball, Philip, 1962-

Title The music instinct : how music works and why we can't do without it / Philip Ball.

Publication Info. Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2010.


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 Newington, Lucy Robbins Welles Library - Adult Department  781.1 BALL    Check Shelf
Description vi, 452 pages : illustrations, music ; 25 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Prelude : the harmonious universe : an introduction -- Overture : why we sing : what is music and where does it comes from? -- Staccato : the atoms of music : what are musical notes and how do we decide which to use? -- Andante : what's in a tune? : do melodies follow rules, and if so, which? -- Legato : keeping it together : How do we decode the sound? -- Tutti: all together now : how do we use more than one note at a time? -- Con moto: slave to the rhythm : what gives music its pulse? -- Pizzicato : the colour of music : why do instruments sound different, and how does that affect the music? -- Misterioso : all in the mind : which bits of the brain do we use for music? -- Appassionato : light my fire : how does music convey and elicit emotion? -- Capriccioso : going in and out of style : what are musical styles? : is music about notes, or patterns, or textures? -- Parlando : why music talks to us : is music a language? or is it closer to the non-verbal arts? -- Serioso : the meaning of music : what are composers and musicians trying to say? : can music in itself say anything at all? -- Coda : the condition of music.
Subject Music -- Philosophy and aesthetics.
Music and science.
ISBN 9780199754274 hardcover alkaline paper
0199754276 hardcover alkaline paper
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