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. Read the full-text online edition of The Language of Music (). Buy The Language of Music (Clarendon Paperbacks) New Ed by Deryck Cooke ( ISBN: ) from Amazon’s Book Store. Everyday low prices and.

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The Language of Music

Trivia About The Language of M If you have some musical background you’ll need it to make sense of the examplesdo check it out. Juan Martinez marked it as to-read Jan 02, Originally published init has exerted a profound influence on all subsequent discussion in the field of musical aesthetics.

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Get to Know Us. Cooke closes the book with extended analysis of Mozart’s Fortieth and Vaughan-Williams’ Sixth symphonies, showing how all the individual elements discussed previously come together in a fully realized work. I’d like to read this book on Kindle Don’t have a Kindle? Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Michelle marked it as to-read Jan 02, Deryck Cooke’s thesis is that the fundamental characteristic of music is the expression and evocation of emotion.

Pat Muchmore rated it liked it Nov 20, Mala marked it as to-read Oct 27, Cooke argues that Western mostly classical music is truly a language, but one that speaks to the emotions and not to the intellect.


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But Cooke’s book goes so much further. Critique of Pure Music James O.

I wish I had known about this book a few years ago when I was obsessed on defining the moods of certain chord sequences! Town, City, and Nation P. 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, for example the universality of certain musical characteristics.

Yet no two people will have exactly the same reaction to a piece of music, even if they like it.

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Wintersthrall rated it it was amazing Dec 29, Within just the first few pages, however, I knew I’d found something special. Mark Smith rated it it was amazing Feb 06, Oxford University Press is a department yhe the University of Oxford.

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: Not as much comment on the melodic aspects except by reference. Customers who viewed this item also viewed. The book’s final section analyzes two symphonies, Mozart’s Fortieth and Vaughan Williams’s Sixth, to explore the nature of musical inspiration and the process whereby the notes actually convey emotion from composer to listener.

This is the guy that orchestrated Mahler’s Tenth, after all. Read more Read less. While acknowledging that a ‘dictionary’ of the language of music cannot easily be provided, he here attempts to supply at least a ‘phrase-book’. The book provides a “vocabulary” of music illustrated This book is widely regarded as a classic in musical aesthetics. I only read this because it looked interesting in a bibliography for another book, but the author of that one must have picked the most readily understandable parts for his book, so there wasn’t anything else really great in this one.


Metamorphosis in Music Benjamin R. Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. William rated it it was ok Jun 24, The author’s thesis is that the main characteristic of music is to express andevoke emotion, and that all composers whose music has a tonal basis have used the same, or closely similar, melodic phrases, harmonies, and rhythms to express and evoke the same emotions.

He supports this view with hundreds of musical examples, ranging from First published inthis original study argues that the main characteristic of music is that it expresses and evokes emotion, and that all composers whose music has a tonal basis have used the same, or closely similar, melodic phrases, harmonies, and rhythms to affect the listener in the same ways.

The Language of Music by Deryck Cooke

Set up a giveaway. Be the first to ask a question about The Language of Music. 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.