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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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, cookee example the universality of certain musical characteristics.

The Language of Music: Cooke raises THE fundamental question of music–what does music mean?

First published inthis original study argues that the main characteristic of music is that it expresses and tue emotion, and that all composers whose music has cookd tonal basis have used the same, or closely similar, melodic phrases, harmonies, and rhythms to affect the listener in the same ways.

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.

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But Cooke’s book goes so much further. Open Preview See a Problem? English Choose a language for shopping.

Does go on a bit but definitely worth it. In the derhck 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: 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 that we can identify idioms and draw up a list of meanings.

Pages with related products. Return to Book Page. Laitz and Ian Sewell. Although I enjoyed reading the book and I agree -to a certain extent- that good music expresses and evokes emotion, I had the impression, after reading the book that -following the author- only premodern music was satisfactory to that musc and was therefore ‘good’ although the book was written in Explore the Home Gift Guide.

Hayoun rated it liked it Jan 03, The book’s final section hhe 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 lqnguage to listener.

I had wondered about the possibility of music being a language, and speaking to a deep and emotional part of human nature, but had never seen the idea developed or argued at length. The enlightening languags of two complete symphonies by Mozart and Vaughan Williams demonstrates the expressive function of musical form, the latter being an element which the author considers inseparable from musical content.


Eduardo Iturrate rated it it was amazing Feb 15, Langusge 30, Harrison rated it it was amazing Shelves: Amazon Music Stream millions of songs. Judith rated it it was amazing Nov 02, My library Help Advanced Book Search.

He muxic basic melodic terms used and the feelings that they communicate. When the book was first suggested to me, based on theme, I was expecting something “wishy washy” and not too keen on it, but for some reason I decided to give it a go, since it touches on one of my areas of reasearch.

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Cooke argues that Western mostly classical music is truly a language, but one that speaks to the emotions and not to the This is a truly wonderful book. This book came to my attention from the “Further Reading” list in A N Cooke espouses the belief that there is a communication in music between composer and listener on the subconscious or semi-conscious level.

Deryck Cooke is the person who orchestrated Mahler’s tenth symphony, starting with Mahler’s original draft. I’d like to read this book on Kindle Don’t have a Kindle? Music is felt, and certain musical motifs or phrases evoke certain emotions in certain contexts. Darrin Clutteur marked it as to-read Jun 12,