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On the Sensations of Tone is one of the world's greatest scientific classics. It bridges the gap between the natural sciences and music theory and, nearly a century after its first publication, it is still a standard text for the study of physiological acoustics - the scientific basis of musical theory. It is also a treasury of knowledge for musicians and students of muic ...more
Hardcover, 600 pages
Published April 1st 2007 by Cosimo Classics (first published 1954)
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Another book that I read twice cover to cover on the train during commutes... It's fairly dense reading. There's a lot of info in here that is somewhat dated at this point, but also a lot of valuable stuff. Because it's basically "historical" it might be best to read in a guided setting, unless you already have a background in tuning and temperament.
Wonderful book which ought to be de rigeur for the composer, includes a chart which gives scope and range of pitch in Khz and the octave scale for a few dozen instruments. As well as great technical information...
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Referenced in The Music Instinct by Philip Ball (pages 71, 171), and many other books.

This is "one of the first truly scientific expositions on music cognition" (Ball, p. 171). Hemholtz was a German physicist who channeled his interest through medicine because at the time the state provided funding for the education of doctors.
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