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Emotion and Meaning in Music (Phoenix Books)
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It was my great pleasure to study with Leonard Meyer at the University of Pennsylvania from '86 through '89. Even though I am a composer and not really a theorist any more, I consider him one of my most influential teachers. His writings and lectures deeply affected me as a composer in that his understanding of music -- how it works, how it affects us, how our individual cognitive processes come to bear on what we are hearing -- found its way into my aesthetic. Even though Dr. Meyer in later years came to argue with himself (this was tremendous fun, by the way: sitting in his lectures, listening to him tell himself why his earlier writings were so wrong), this is great stuff, written by a great man.
Be forewarned that in spite of the title, this is musically technical stuff: don't expect vague, poetic philosophizing. The analyses are intense and detailed and require a strong background in music theory and form.
The book explains concepts by illustrations from several fields. If you are familiar with even one of the fields, it gives you immediate insights to the others.
Really a must read!!!
If you are a scientist, I highly recommend this as an approach to classical music.
If you are a trained musician, I highly recommend this as an opening into musical and psychological analysis that is not covered in music school.
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Seemed to be more surface level and a little flowery in nature.Published 11 months ago by sassysoprano90
This is a surprising book in the amount of technical information contained. It came up in the Amazon suggested list because of recent purchases of Musicophilia, The Singing... Read morePublished on October 28, 2009 by Greality Test