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Nice Ideas, but No Focus or Foundation,
This review is from: Beethoven's Anvil: Music in Mind and Culture (Paperback)
I cannot recommend this book. He puts forth some interesting ideas, but it is all conjecture. There is no scientific or historical foundation. It's all "could be", and "might be", and "may be", which becomes very frustrating. It also lacks focus. It drifts from topic to topic without a coherent driving thesis. Save your time and money.
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Initial post: Aug 6, 2007 3:12:10 PM PDT
Gerald L. King says:
The person who reviewed this book was obviously not a musician. Those of us who are realize the value of this book.
In reply to an earlier post on Jul 9, 2008 4:04:52 AM PDT
Holly Blue says:
I'm a musician who agrees with Fields' review. Sorry.
Posted on Apr 30, 2012 4:02:51 PM PDT
Jeez, are you nuts? These are hypotheses--some of them more testable than others, but none any less than any of those in evolutionary psychology. His neuroscience is sound, as well, so this is clearly not looney-tunes freewheeling conjecture. It is good stuff both thematically and scientifically speaking.
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