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Nature of Music: Beauty, Sound and Healing Paperback – November 1, 2001
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This book is an unusual, unique look into the depths of music and it makes a wonderful gift. Thank you, Maureen!
There is even a chapter on making your own music, from using your voice to express and release strong feeling to creating black note bliss on the piano, even if you've never been taught.
This is a humanistic approach for musicians and non-musicians alike.
It also makes a lovely gift to anyone who loves, and loves to share the joy of music....
There is something for everyone in this book. I highly recommend it as a gift to anyone interested in music.
p.2: "A seventeenth century Spanish king had to hear a celebrated tenor, Farinelli, sing every day before he considered himself fit to meet his court." There was once a famous singer called Farinelli, real name Carlo Broschi; and he did sing for a Spanish king, Philip V; there was even a movie made about Farinelli in 1994. But he was not a tenor, he was a castrato; and he did not live in the seventeenth century but in the eighteenth (1705-1782).
p. 22: "Suites of dance music were all the rage during Bach's time, and his suites and partitas brought together dances from all over Europe. In the eighteenth century, Mozart and Haydn were still using dance forms . . . " Still? When does the author think Bach lived? Actually, 1685-1750: that is, Bach was fifteen years old when the eighteenth century began - and he was no child prodigy so composed everything we listen to today during the eighteenth century. Nor did Haydn and Mozart live in a different century from Bach: Haydn was eighteen years old when Bach died, Mozart was born six years later. The author really has her centuries mixed up. Moreover, unlike his exact contemporary Handel, Bach rarely left home and never traveled far; how would he be familiar with dances "from all over Europe"? Did he find them on YouTube?
p. 181: "In the Islamic tradition it is said that when the gods wish something to come into being, they plant the seed in one of us." Gods in Islam? Like Judaism and Christianity, Islam is a monotheistic religion.Read more ›
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I read this book some years ago and actually took notes to help me remember and think about the wonderful thoughts presented by the author. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Dave Fowers
I am very happy with this book, because the description matched the product. It is in good condition and the price was right. I received it promptly, too.Published on March 8, 2011 by lisanla
I come back to this book again and again, because on every page it illuminates something important and inspiring. Read morePublished on March 25, 2010 by Harriet Chessman
If you know nothing or everything about music, read this book to open up a whole new world. Draper's simple, elegant writing and natural approach to her subject will inspire... Read morePublished on September 27, 2001 by Colleen Daly
There are several things that stand out upon even a preliminary acquaintance with the book. The tasteful presentation of the book, the Klimt on the cover, the quality of the paper... Read morePublished on July 11, 2001 by A Motalygo
The carefully crafted prose of Maureen Draper's THE NATURE OF MUSIC demands and deserves a careful reader. That reader's attention will be rewarded for the effort expended. Read morePublished on July 7, 2001 by constance b. pratt
20 years ago Maureen McCarthy was my piano teacher. I have never forgotten her remarkable ability to combine the technical skills of piano playing with the subtle meanings of the... Read morePublished on June 26, 2001 by Russell Carpenter