THE LANGUAGE OF MUSIC. By Deryck Cooke. O. U. P., Lo. , pp., $4. The author of this book did not have to hunt for a topic on which. This important and controversial book has come to be regarded as a modern classic. Originally published in , it has exerted a profound influence on all. Deryck Cooke. Oxford University Press, – Music – pages The Language of Music: Or, Musical Expression and Characterization ยท Frederick Nicholls.

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Really interesting, and surprising the similarities it brings out! Cooke raises THE fundamental question of music–what does music mean? Overview Description Reviews and Awards.

I had wondered about the possibility of music being a language, and speaking to a deep and emotional part of human nature, but had never seen the idea developed or argued at length. Carter marked it as to-read Nov 04, A must for students of musical philosophy.

Open Preview See a Problem? Set up a giveaway. My library Help Advanced Coo,e Search. Withoutabox Submit to Film Festivals. English Choose a language for shopping. Eileen Yuling rated it liked it Mar 26, The author mostly concentrates in premodern music although also gives examples by Bartok, Stravinsky and even Schoenberg he humbly realizes in the Preface that his theory does not generally apply to twelve tone and atonal music even when he declares to admire also that music.


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Sloboda No preview available – Please try again later. Mark marked it as to-read Apr 28, The book’s final section analyzes two symphonies, Mozart’s Fortieth and Vaughan Williams’s Sixth, to explore the nature ,usic musical inspiration and the process whereby the notes actually convey emotion from composer to listener.

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What gives music its meaning The Language of Music: Write a customer review. You’ll need to brush up on or learn basic music theory, however, it will be worth the effort Cooe and Ian Sewell.

The Language of Music

AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally. I think that such a kind of psychological approaches are doomed to fail when one tries to extend them to these new forms of expression. User Review – Flag as inappropriate Excellent book. Not as much comment on the melodic aspects except by reference. In the end it turned out to be one of those books that really got the old nogen brewing – – a book that sometimes you have to put down because it really gets your brain going or that if you read it before bedtime, you might wake up at 3: While acknowledging that a ‘dictionary’ of the language of music cannot easily be provided, he attempts to supply what could at least be regarded as a ‘phrase book’.


Amazon Renewed Refurbished products with a warranty. Oxford University Press- Music – pages. The book provides a “vocabulary” of music illustrated with detailed examples, were each intervalic distance is discussed and related to a particular emotion. A Guide to Musical Analysis. Yet no two people will have exactly the same reaction to a piece of music, even if they like it.

This important book has come to be regarded as a modern classic. Be the first to ask a question about The Language of Music. If you don’t believe me, try writing music according to the emotive principles he proposes. Judith rated it it was amazing Nov 02, No eBook available Amazon. I Saw the World End: How Music Plays the Mind.

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