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Musicophilia : tales of music and the brain / by Sacks, Oliver W.;
Includes bibliographical references (p. 353-367) and index.Music can move us to the heights or depths of emotion. It can persuade us to buy something, or remind us of our first date. It can lift us out of depression when nothing else can. It can get us dancing to its beat. But the power of music goes much, much further. Indeed, music occupies more areas of our brain than language does--humans are a musical species. Oliver Sacks's compassionate, compelling tales of people struggling to adapt to different neurological conditions have fundamentally changed the way we think of our own brains, and of the human experience. Here, he examines the powers of music through the individual experiences of patients, musicians, and everyday people. Music is irresistible, haunting, and unforgettable, and Oliver Sacks tells us why.--From publisher description.Haunted by music. A bolt from the blue : sudden musicophilia ; A strangely familiar feeling : musical seizures ; Fear of music : musicogenic epilepsy ; Music on the brain : imagery and imagination ; Brainworms, sticky music and catchy tunes ; Musical hallucinations -- A range of musicality. Sense and sensibility : a range of musicality ; Things fall apart : amusia and dysharmonia ; Papa blows his nose in G : absolute pitch ; Pitch imperfect : cochlear amusia ; In living stereo : why we have two ears ; Two thousand operas : musical savants ; An auditory world : music and blindness ; The key of clear green : synesthesia and music -- Memory, movement, and music. In the moment : music and amnesia ; Speech and song : aphasia and music therapy ; Accidental davening : dyskinesia and cantillation ; Come together : music and Tourette's Syndrome ; Keeping time : rhythm and movement ; Kinetic melody: Parkinson's disease and music therapy -- Phantom fingers: the case of the one-armed pianist ; Athletes of the small muscles : musician's dystonia -- Emotion, identity, and music. Awake and asleep : musical dreams ; Seduction and indifference ; Lamentations : music and depression ; The case of Harry S. : music and emotion ; Irrepressible : music and the temporal lobes ; A hypermusical species : Williams Syndrome ; Music and identity : dementia and music therapy.
Subjects: Music; Music; Musique; Musique;
© 2007., Alfred A. Knopf,
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How the Beatles destroyed rock 'n' roll : an alternative history of American popular music / by Wald, Elijah.;
Includes bibliographical references (p. [281]-289) and index.Amateurs and executants -- The ragtime life -- Everybody's doin' it -- Alexander's got a jazz band now -- Cake eaters and hooch drinkers -- The king of jazz -- The record, the song, and the radio -- Sons of Whiteman -- Swing that music -- Technology and its discontents -- Walking floors and jumpin' jive -- Selling the American ballad -- Rock the joint -- Big records for adults -- Teen idyll -- Twisting girls change the world -- Say you want a revolution-- -- Epilogue: the rock blot and the disco diagram.How the Beatles Destroyed Rock 'n' Roll rejects the conventional pieties of mainstream jazz and rock history. Rather than concentrating on those traditionally favored styles, the book traces the evolution of popular music through developing tastes, trends and technologies--including the role of records, radio, jukeboxes and television--to give a fuller, more balanced account of the broad variety of music that captivated listeners over the course of the twentieth century.--From publisher description.
Subjects: Popular music; Musique populaire;
© 2009., Oxford University Press,
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Music in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries / by Auner, Joseph Henry,1959-;
Includes bibliographical references and index.Anthology repertoire -- Series editor's preface -- Author's preface -- A sense of possibility. Tangled chaos and the blank page ; Modern, modernism, modernity ; Becoming a "possibilist" ; New possibilities and perspectives ; For further reading -- Part I: From the turn of the twentieth century through World War I. Expanding musical worlds : New inner and outer landscapes ; Modernism, modernity, and "systems of happiness and balance" ; Gustav Mahler and the symphony as world ; Alma Mahler and the new woman ; Debussy, symbolism, exoticism, and the century of aeroplanes ; For further reading -- Making new musical languages : Atonality, post-tonality, and the emancipation of the dissonance ; Busoni's new aesthetic of music ; Futurism and The art of noises ; Strauss and referential tonality ; Skryabin's new harmonic structures ; Schoenberg, Berg, and Webern ; For further reading -- Folk sources, the primitive, and the search for authenticity : Locating the folk ; Sibelius: creating Finnishness ; Ives's America ; Primitivism and the folk ; Bartók and the search for a mother tongue ; Stravinsky, Russianness, and the folk estranged ; For further reading -- Part II: The interwar years. New music taking flight : Europe and America after the War ; Radio, recording, and film ; Music for use ; New instruments, the sounds of the city, and machine art ; Jazz, race, and the new music ; For further reading -- Paris, neoclassicism, and the art of the everyday : Neoclassicism ; Musical high life and low life ; Music and cultural politics ; Antiquity and ritual ; Eighteenth-century sources ; Tonality defamiliarized ; The art of the everyday ; Jazz and "the primitive" ; For further reading -- The search for order and balance : Cultural politics of the search for order ; The twelve-tone method ; New approaches to rhythm, texture, and form ; New tonalities ; For further reading -- Inventing traditions : Villa-Lobos and Brasilidade ; Vaughan Williams and "Englishness" ; The borders of American music ; Copland and the American landscape ; Still and the African-American experience ; McPhee's imaginary homeland in Bali ; For further reading -- Part III: World War II and its aftermath. Rebuilding amid the ruins : Social transformations ; Britten's war requiem ; Musical ramifications of the Cold War ; Shostakovich's string quartet no. 8 ; For further reading -- Trajectories of order and chance : Post-World War II contexts ; Twelve-tone composition after World War II ; Integral serialism ; Chance, indeterminacy, and the blank page ; For further reading -- Electronic music from the Cold War to the computer age : Music, science, and technology in the Cold War ; Manipulating sound in the studio ; Musique concrète ; Notating, analyzing, and listening to electronic music ; Synthesizers ; Computer music ; For further reading -- Part IV: From the 1960s to the present. Texture, timbre, loops, and layers : Origins of texture music ; Ligeti's sonorous textures and micropolyphony ; Textual approaches in the music of Stockhausen and Boulez ; Mathematical models ; Timbre and extended techniques ; Composing with layers ; For further reading -- Histories recollected and remade : The past in the present ; Quotation, protest, and social change ; Postmodernism ; Remaking traditions ; For further reading -- Minimalism and its repercussions : Origins and locales ; Minimalist art and musical processes ; Minimalist sources ; Pathways of postminimalism ; For further reading -- Border crossings : Global encounters ; Music in-between ; Multimedia and sound art ; Music, science, and technology ; Artist and audience ; For further reading."Music in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries explores the sense of possibility unleashed by the era's profoundly destabilizing military conflicts, social upheavals, and technological advances. Auner shows how the multiplicity of musical styles has called into question traditional assumptions about compositional practice, the boundaries of music and noise, and the relationship between composer, performer, and listener. He also examines how composers and their works have played important roles in the defining ideas of nation, race, and gender, and thus in shaping the modern world."--Back cover.
Subjects: Music; Music;
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