- Series: Phoenix Books
- Paperback: 315 pages
- Publisher: University of Chicago Press (February 15, 1961)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0226521397
- ISBN-13: 978-0226521398
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 12 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #865,784 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Emotion and Meaning in Music (Phoenix Books)
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This is a book meant for every student interested in music and discusses music theories.
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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.
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.
Really a must read!!!