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on November 15, 2005
How many music theory books written over 45 years ago are still taken seriously, never mind still in print?

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.
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on September 11, 2016
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on July 5, 2006
This book was pivotal in my personal musical development. It is very scientific and factual in its approach, using logic and analysis which may seem quite unmusical, but it is all at the service of its title, the Emotion and Meaning in Music.

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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on August 16, 2015
Seemed to be more surface level and a little flowery in nature.
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on October 11, 2014
product slightly different from description
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on October 28, 2009
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 Neanderthals, and This is Your Brain on Music. It takes music appreciation to the limit for non-musicians.
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