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Language of Music

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ISBN-10: 0198161808

ISBN-13: 9780198161806

Edition: N/A

Authors: Deryck Cooke

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This important and controversial book has come to be regarded as a modern classic. Originally published in 1959, it has exerted a profound influence on all subsequent discussion in the field of musical aesthetics. The author's thesis is that the main characteristic of music is to express and evoke 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 numerous musical examples, varying from plainsong to Stravinsky. Based on this evidence he argues that music is a language in the quite specific sense that idioms can be identified and a list…    
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Book details

List price: $59.00
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 3/8/1990
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 304
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

What Kind of an Art is Music?
The Elements of Musical Expression
Some Basic Terms of Musical Vocabulary
The Process of Musical Communication
The Large-Scale Functioning of Musical Language
Index of Subjects
Index Of Names And Works Referred To In The Text Without Adjacent Quotation
Index Of Music Examples