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Introduction to Music

William Benzon
 
Musicians in Tune: 75 Contemporary Musicians Discuss the Creative Process
Musicians in Tune: 75 Contemporary Musicians Discuss the Creative Process
"Good first-person accounts of musical creativity."
Blues People: Negro Music in White America
Blues People: Negro Music in White America
"Most important book about America popular music."
How Musical Is Man? (Jessie and John Danz Lectures)
How Musical Is Man? (Jessie and John Danz Lectures)
"Best introduction to ethnomusicology."
Thinking in Jazz : The Infinite Art of Improvisation (Chicago Studies in Ethnomusicology Series)
Thinking in Jazz : The Infinite Art of Improvisation (Chicago Studies in Ethnomusicology Series)
"Landmark study of jazz improv (many examples, technical)."
In the Course of Performance: Studies in the World of Musical Improvisation (Chicago Studies in Ethnomusicology)
In the Course of Performance: Studies in the World of Musical Improvisation (Chicago Studies in Ethnomusicology)
"Improv in several different cultures, east & west."
The Classical Style: Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven (Expanded Edition)
The Classical Style: Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven (Expanded Edition)
"Important study of the Classical style-Hayden, Mozart, etc."
The Anthropology of Music
The Anthropology of Music
"Classic textbook on ethnomusicology."
Music, The Brain, And Ecstasy: How Music Captures Our Imagination
Music, The Brain, And Ecstasy: How Music Captures Our Imagination
"Fine journalistic review of the mainstream music psychology."
The Psychology of Music, Second Edition (Cognition and Perception)
The Psychology of Music, Second Edition (Cognition and Perception)
"Best anthology of reviews of the scientific literature."
Folk Song Style and Culture
Folk Song Style and Culture
"Ground-breaking cross-cultural study of musical styles."
Urban Blues (Phoenix Books)
Urban Blues (Phoenix Books)
"2nd most important book about American popular music."
Sentics: The Touch of the Emotions
Sentics: The Touch of the Emotions
"Essential for understanding how music touches our emotions."
Music in Everyday Life
Music in Everyday Life
"How people use music to order their world."
Louie Louie: The History And Mythology Of The World's Most Famous Rock 'n' Roll Song...
Louie Louie: The History And Mythology Of The World's Most Famous Rock 'n' Roll Song...
"Fascinating study of a single tune in its many versions."
Emotion and Meaning in Music (Phoenix Books)
Emotion and Meaning in Music (Phoenix Books)
"Classic mainstream account of emotion and music."
Music and Trance: A Theory of the Relations Between Music and Possession
Music and Trance: A Theory of the Relations Between Music and Possession
"Important review of the scholarly literature."
Beethoven's Anvil: Music In Mind And Culture
Beethoven's Anvil: Music In Mind And Culture
"The book I wrote based on the other books in this list, plus...... a whole bunch of other stuff."
Music and Emotion: Theory and Research (Series in Affective Science)
Music and Emotion: Theory and Research (Series in Affective Science)
"Excellent up-to-date collection of articles on music and emotion, nicely varied."
For the Love of It: Amateuring and Its Rivals
For the Love of It: Amateuring and Its Rivals
"An important explication and defense of amateur musicking."
The Singing Neanderthals: The Origins of Music, Language, Mind and Body
The Singing Neanderthals: The Origins of Music, Language, Mind and Body
"Definitive synthesis of archaeology and neuroscience."
The Singing Neanderthals: The Origins of Music, Language, Mind, and Body
The Singing Neanderthals: The Origins of Music, Language, Mind, and Body
"Definitive synthesis of archaeology and neuroscience."