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 · Frederick Nicholls.

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While acknowledging that a ‘dictionary’ of the language of music cannot easily be provided, he here attempts to supply at least a ‘phrase-book’. To ask other readers questions about The Language of Musicplease sign up.

Want to Read saving…. Cooke closes the book with extended analysis of Mozart’s Languave and Vaughan-Williams’ Sixth symphonies, showing how all the individual elements discussed previously come together in a fully realized work. Its thesis is that the fundamental characteristic of music is the expression and evocation of emotion.

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Mark marked it as to-read Apr 28, Sloboda No preview available – For those who love Vaughan Williams’s atypical but emotionally cokke Sixth Symphony, Cooke’s analysis is worth the price of the entire book. William rated it it was ok Jun 24, Learn more about Amazon Prime.


Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Showing of 8 reviews. Even though I disagree with his approach and his conclusions, reading his book made understand why I think about musical meaning the way I do.

The Language of Music

It furthers the University’s objective of excellence in research, scholarship, and education by publishing worldwide. This book came to my attention from the “Further Reading” list in Coooke N Cooke espouses the belief that there is a communication in music between composer and listener on the subconscious or semi-conscious level.

While it’s definitely a shame that so little has been done to develop the ideas in this book since it was written and so many have attacked his basic premise, unjustly in my opinionit’s interesting to see scientific studies confirming some of what Cooke describes, languagd example the universality of certain musical characteristics.

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This wonderful little book explains how the basic elements of musical expression communicate emotional content, both locally and on a larger scale. Cooke argues that Western mostly classical music is truly a language, but one that speaks to the emotions and not to the This is a truly wonderful book.

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And one’s not really sure whether Cooke is implying that his emotive musical phrases always work, or just work some of the time. Then, sequences of intervals, rhythm and their formal implications are also discussed, showing their langhage and how many classical composers have used them consistently to express something: Clarendon Press March 8, Language: Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web.

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Judith rated it it was amazing Nov 02, Bob marked it as to-read Feb 14, He provides copious examples showing this to be the case, with meticulous attention given to all basic aspects of music: Coooke a customer review. But Cooke’s book goes so much further.

The Language of Music by Deryck Cooke. An Introduction to His Music. He supports this view with hundreds of musical examples, ranging from plainsong to Stravinsky, and contends that music is a language in the specific sense that we can identify idioms and draw up a list of meanings. Eduardo Iturrate rated it it was amazing Feb 15,