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In an engaging inquiry, Storr speculates on music's origins in preliterate societies and examines its therapeutic powers, even in people with neurological diseases that cause movement disorders. Focusing on Western classical music from Bach to Stravinsky, he rejects the view, expounded by Leonard Bernstein and others, that the Western tonal system is a universal scheme rooted in the natural order. Citing studies of physiological arousal, Storr updates Arthur Schopenhauer's thesis that music portrays the inner flow of life more directly than the other arts.
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Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. Published October 19th by Ballantine Books first published More Details Original Title. Other Editions 9. Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Music and the Mind , please sign up. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of Music and the Mind. Aug 08, David rated it liked it Shelves: music.
Not realizing that I had read this book twenty years ago, I just re-read it. And, my reaction this time is the same. It is not engaging, and at some times it is downright boring. Just not my cup of tea. The last few chapters become very philosophical about music. In fact, the last few chapters discuss the attitudes of well-known philosophers toward music. Not very interesting for me. Nevertheless, there are a few highlights in the book. For example, Claude Debussy wrote, "The attraction of the vi Not realizing that I had read this book twenty years ago, I just re-read it.
For example, Claude Debussy wrote, "The attraction of the virtuoso for the public is very like that of the circus. There is always a hope that something dangerous may happen. It serves to create order for our muscular system, and perhaps also orders our mental state.
Music in the workplace can increase morale for workers performing repetitive tasks, but it interferes with non-repetitive tasks. There is a lot of discussion about how music can arouse our emotions, by heightening expectations and delaying resolution. There is a chapter about how music can help one to escape from reality. I am very impressed by the emphasis that the author places in discussing how music is NOT a universal language. The language must be learned, and each culture can learn differently.
Also, I was very intrigued by the analogies the author drew between composing music and proving mathematical theorems. The style of the writing is very formal. It comes off feeling dry and tedious. I cannot recommend this book to anybody except perhaps philosophers. View all 4 comments. Feb 26, Mikael Lind rated it it was amazing Shelves: philosophy , music , psychology.
This is a splendid book on music! It's not often that I read a non-fiction book from start to finish without reading some good fiction in between, but that was the case with this book; maybe because I am myself a musician and so the topic speaks to me directly, but also because the book is very well written.
True, one can criticize the book on three accounts. First, the author should have connected the philosophical writings in the latter half of the book more with his knowledge in psychology.
The This is a splendid book on music! The book maybe tries to be too broad, but this didn't bother me too much since I found that the book nevertheless made me want to read more on the different topics. Second, the book is largely built around quotes from different other thinkers. I would have liked to read more of Storr's own views, but on the other hand, the quotes are often interesting and they made me want to read some of the books from which Storr found them.
Third, although Storr dismisses the claim that Western music is somehow "better" than other kinds of music, the latter part of the book almost solely focuses on Western thinkers and composers. Still, I'm not troubled by this fact. Storr grew up in Europe; it follows that his expertise is best when it comes to Western music. This doesn't mean that you couldn't transfer the theoretical aspects of the book to doing research on music from other parts of the world.
So, bottom line, even though this book is by no means a exhaustive work in the field of music psychology and music philosophy it is, in fact, rather light , what makes it so good is the way in which it explains so much current thought on the topic in a really accessible and readable way.
For me, it worked perfect as an introduction to more difficult works. Truly great! May 11, Arjun Ravichandran rated it really liked it. In our logos-dominated society, music not possessing any discernible relation to the external world often seems a meaningless indulgence 'auditory cheesecake', as Steven Pinker once scathingly observed - but this is profoundly untrue, especially for those love music.
But this latter group of people are often clueless when it comes to describing why music moves them so profoundly - after all, they are just tones, sounds - arranged in a particular sequence and perceived through the hearing app In our logos-dominated society, music not possessing any discernible relation to the external world often seems a meaningless indulgence 'auditory cheesecake', as Steven Pinker once scathingly observed - but this is profoundly untrue, especially for those love music. But this latter group of people are often clueless when it comes to describing why music moves them so profoundly - after all, they are just tones, sounds - arranged in a particular sequence and perceived through the hearing apparatus of homo sapiens..
But like, that famous haiku goes "but yet, but yet.. The writing is like quicksilver, dense and light at the same time, as the author a psychiatrist by profession wears his erudition lightly, weaving a tapestry of informed speculation drawn from the coils of anthropology, ethnomusicology, psychoanalysis of course , and philosophy.
This exploration is conducted through several pointed chapters, each a dense article in itself, dealing with questions that only a music obsessive would ponder : where exactly does music come from? The conclusion that the author arrives at after several detours and pitstops is that music is meaningful precisely because we are, by necessity, meaning-making creatures - we do not grasp individual phenomena as they are by themselves, but their relations.
In this, music's well-known affinity with mathematics is made clear, both are concerned with the implicit ordering of abstract phenomena the relation between tones in music, and the process of ordering itself in mathematics , but mathematics does not have the bodily component that music does. We are inescapably bodily creatures, and music is inescapably bodily.
Music thus manages to be both abstract and concrete, mind and body, at the same time - it moves us so profoundly and at our whole being, because it is a synthesis and a re-unity of aspects of ourselves that are very often divided. It is the ur-phenomenon of the primal human process of meaning-making, the crystalline model of our intuitively-felt flow of life. The author quotes Nietzsche who has a chapter devoted to him approvingly, "If not for music, existence would most certainly be considered a mistake.
I would be remiss if I didn't mention that while the author's specialty and focus is the tradition known as Western classical music, a knowledge of music theory is not really required except for the chapter "Basic Patterns" which purports to investigate the claim for the supposed objective basis for the Western harmonic system , given that the book is written at a sufficiently general level - an achievement I feel is of real credit to the author.
View 1 comment. Aug 06, Lin rated it liked it. I will review this book in the style that Mr. Storr wrote it. First a quote from the goodreads member, Jigsaw, who recently finished reading the book. I thought at first that it would address psychological aspects of music primarily. Instead, it focuses briefly on physiological aspects of music, and then becomes more of a review of philosophy of music. Once I got used to this, it was decent.
The author does spend a lot of his time quoting others, though. Storr's writing is mostly the binding agent for the copious quotes that fill a good third or more of the book. After a few chapters I looked forward to reading the quotes more than Mr. Storr's writing. Some beautiful girls fascinate us Sometimes books also You open this book and fall into the lake of music Author has deep understanding about music it includes origin as well as style of every famous musicians You love to learn the origin of music from birds and ends with human and also the perceptions of great mind about music Signing Freud, Nietzsche, Russell.
Schopenhauer, Carl Jung also discussed precisely. A complete entertainment about music. This book dives deeply into the origins and functions of music.
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Music pervades our societies. For some doctors it provides a creative space — a break from the world of target-driven technologies and top-down management systems. It is remembered, and can itself provoke memories that are emotionally laden and poignant Ginsborg, The shared experience of performing or listening to music can be beneficial to health and well-being, and is used to facilitate the rehabilitation of patients with neuropsychiatric conditions and mood disorders, and as an aid to post-operative recovery Glasziou, ; Hole et al , The nature of these positive musical experiences, the neural networks and central brain structures involved in their expression are beginning to be better understood.
But perhaps even more fascinating than the subject of how music works is the question of why it makes us feel the way it does. Today, we try to answer it with seven essential books that bridge music, emotion and cognition, peeling away at that tender intersection of where your brain ends and your soul begins. But some of his most compelling work has to do with the neuropscyhology of how music can transform our cognition, our behavior, and our very selves. In Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain, Revised and Expanded Edition , Sacks explores the most extreme of these transformations and how simple harmonies can profoundly change lives. Why music makes us feel the way it does is on par with questions about the nature of divinity or the origin of love.
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