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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Haruka marked it as to-read Aug kusic, But Cooke’s book goes so much further. While acknowledging that a ‘dictionary’ of the language of music cannot easily be provided, he attempts to supply what could at least be regarded as a ‘phrase book’.

Cooke argues that Western mostly classical music is truly a language, but one that speaks to the emotions and not to the intellect.

It furthers the University’s objective of excellence in research, scholarship, and education by publishing worldwide. If you have some musical background you’ll need it to make sense of the examplesdo check it out.

The Language of Music

Robert Poortinga rated it really liked it Jan 19, Inder Suri marked it as to-read Oct 27, This important book has come to be regarded as a modern classic. The Language of Music. 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. Cooke argues that Western mostly classical music is truly a language, but one that speaks to the emotions and not to the intellect.


Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. 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.

ComiXology Thousands of Digital Comics. He supports this view with numerous deyck examples, varying from plainsong to Stravinsky. Music is felt, and certain musical motifs or phrases evoke certain emotions in certain contexts. I’d like to read this book on Kindle Don’t have a Kindle?

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Want to Read saving…. Emilie marked it as to-read Apr 07, Amazon Music Stream millions of songs. Second, anyone who has brushed around in music theory enough can tell you that if you want to find a certain yhe in a piece of music, you will find it if you look hard enough.

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 yhe to see scientific studies confirming some of what Cooke describes, for example the universality of certain musical characteristics.


The Language of Music by Deryck Cooke

No trivia or quizzes yet. Highly recommended to anyone trying to understand how music works. Cooke espouses the belief that there is a communication in music between composer and listener on the subconscious or semi-conscious level.

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Bob marked it as to-read Jan 10, This wonderful little book explains how the basic elements of musical expression communicate emotional content, both locally and on a larger scale. A must for students of musical philosophy. See all 8 reviews. 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 seryck we can identify idioms and draw up a list of meanings. The author’s thesis is that the main characteristic of music is to express andevoke emotion,