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Math Behind the Music

ISBN-10: 0521009359

ISBN-13: 9780521009355

Edition: 2003

Authors: Leon Harkleroad, John Barrow, Fan Chung, Ingrid Daubechies

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Mathematics has been used for centuries to describe, analyze, and create music. In this book, Leon Harkleroad explores the math related aspects of music from its acoustical bases to compositional techniques to music criticism, touching on - overtones, scales, and tuning systems - the musical dice game attributed to Mozart and Haydn - the several-hundred-year-old style of bell-playing known as ringing the changes - the twelve-tone school of composition that strongly influenced music throughout the 20th century and many other topics involving mathematical ideas from probability theory to Fouries series to group theory. He also relates some cautionary tales of misguided attempts to mix music and mathematics. Both the mathematical and the musical concepts are described in an elementary way, making the book accessible to general readers as well as to mathematicians and musicians of all levels. The book is accompanied by an audio CD of musical examples.
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Book details

List price: $35.95
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 8/7/2006
Binding: Mixed Media
Pages: 158
Size: 5.75" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.924
Language: English

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Preface
Acknowledgments
Mathematics and Music, a Duet
Pitch: The Ground of Music
Tuning Up
How to Vary a Theme Mathematically
Bells and Groups
Music by Chance
Pattern, Pattern, Pattern
Sight Meets Sound
How NOT to Mix Mathematics and Music
Bibliography
Contents of the CD
Illustration Credits
Index