Philosophy and Esthetics of Music
The Great Animal Orchestra
Finding the Origins of Music in the World's Wild Places
Paperback ISBN: 031608686x
A musician and naturalist describes how the noise of humans is drowning out the sounds of nature and paints a picture of the relationship and connection between natural sounds and music that is becoming increasingly difficult to hear.
Rock 'n' Roll and the Meaning of Life
Paperback ISBN: 1949017087
A provocative, entertaining but ultimately serious examination of rock's most essential questions: Beatles or Stones? Which is the best air guitar to play? Does Rush suck? And what is the meaning of Billy Joel? Metaphysical Graffiti is a book for music fans, humor fans, and, if a meaningful ontological category, fans of philosophy too. It is a provocative, inflammatory, hilarious, but ultimately serious book about the essential questions of rock
How Music Works
The Science and Psychology of Beautiful Sounds, from Beethoven to the Beatles and Beyond
Hardcover ISBN: 0316098302
A physicist-musician offers an accessible and engaging guide to the science and psychology lurking beneath the surface of music, in a book that covers harmony, chords, volume, musical composition and more and includes a bonus CD.
Anthology for Musical Analysis
Paperback ISBN: 0495916072
A landmark collection of musical compositions, ranging in time from the Middle Ages to the present Acclaimed for its presentation of over 200 complete musical compositions and movements, Anthology for Musical Analysis illustrates a wealth of chords, voice-leading techniques, and forms while also offering material for figured-bass realization and score reading. This outstanding text and DVD-ROM of musical selections offers everything you need for your course, from a rich companion website to extensive new repertoire, including pieces by Orlando Gibbons, Giacomo Carissimi, Giuseppe Verdi, Richard Strauss, Alexander Skryabin, Edgard Varese, Sergei Prokofiev, Aaron Copland, Dmitri Shostakovich, and Miriam Gideon.
Armonias Del Cielo Y De La Tierra/ Harmonies of Heaven and Earth
La Dimension Espiritual De La Musica Desde La Antiguedad Hasta La Vanguardia / the Spiritual Dimension of Music from Antiquity to the Avant Garde
Spanish Paperback ISBN: 8449309867
Go All the Way
Hardcover ISBN: 1945572787
The Harmony of the Spheres
A Sourcebook of the Pythagorean Tradition in Music
Hardcover ISBN: 0892812656
Godwin traces the history of the idea, held since ancient times, that the whole cosmos, with its circling planets and stars, is in some way a musical or harmonious entity. The author shows how this concept has continued to inspire philosophers, astronomers, and mystics from antiquity to the present day.
Music and Sentiment
Paperback ISBN: 0300178034
How does a work of music stir the senses, creating feelings of joy, sadness, elation, or nostalgia? Though sentiment and emotion play a vital role in the composition, performance, and appreciation of music, rarely have these elements been fully observed. In this succinct and penetrating book, Charles Rosen draws upon more than a half century as a performer and critic to reveal how composers from Bach to Berg have used sound to represent and communicate emotion in mystifyingly beautiful ways. Through a range of musical examples, Rosen details the array of stylistic devices and techniques used to represent or convey sentiment. This is not, however, a listener’s guide to any “correct” response to a particular piece. Instead, Rosen provides the tools and terms with which to appreciate this central aspect of musical aesthetics, and indeed explores the phenomenon of contradictory sentiments embodied in a single motif or melody. Taking examples from Chopin, Schumann, Wagner, and Liszt, he traces the use of radically changing intensities in the Romantic works of the nineteenth century and devotes an entire chapter to the key of C minor. He identifies a “unity of sentiment” in Baroque music and goes on to contrast it with the “obsessive sentiments” of later composers including Puccini, Strauss, and Stravinsky. A profound and moving work, Music and Sentiment is an invitation to a greater appreciation of the crafts of composition and performance.