Music: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions #2)
Most interesting is the line of inquiry taken: our understanding of music in the West stems from what Cook calls the ‘Beethoven Phenomenon’ of the 19th-century which more or less est ...more
What preconceptions, for example? The distinction between musicians and non-musicia ...more
The name it self guided me to think about various topics to be discussed about music that I didn't find ..Though I was interested to explore ..
Honestly , for the first time ever , I read almost fourth of the book , skimmed the others , scanned the pictures , and ended the journey with this book ..
I have tried to force my self complete this book , but found it meaningless for me after a while to do that if I am skimming even if it is a very short book..
I may recom ...more
Objective Book Rating: 4/5
Personal Rating: 4/5
Book Cover Rating: Considering this is part of a larger series of short introductions by Oxford, I won’t bother rating the cover.
There’s nothing I like more than a book that does exactly what it promises, which, in this case, is provide a very short introduction to music. It was a quick, easy, informative read. I recommend this book to anyone who has an interest in music, regardless of experience or ...more
It is more about Classical Music though.
Musicology, practice seeing music from different views and it asks the question is Music - classical - in crisis? and I liked the answer
if there is a crisis in classical music, it is not in the music.
A good short introduction to music.
The first thing I remember hearing in my life, was a sound coming out of a baby comb my mother used to brush my hair with; and it was Beethoven's Für Elise, it will always has a special place in my life ...more
What is music? How is it constructed? How is it consumed? Why do you enjoy it at all? In Music: A Very Short plays Introduction, Nicholas Cook invites us to really think about music and the role it plays in our lives and our ears.
There are precursory questions to consider before you decide to read this book. As an example, for what purpose are you reading it? If you are reading this as a comprehensive guide to music, then you will be disappointed. If you are reviewing this expecting to find an underlying realization of grand musical knowledge, then you will be disenchanted. Additionally, if you are perusing this as anything other than a concise, short, frame of reference for thinking about music, you will be unsatisfied....more
This could be useful. I thought I am in for a very informative, eye opening book. It turns out, I did not like it all that much.
First of all, I am in the process of reading a marvelous book on the history of music, which has inserts with the music mentioned: If it is Mozart the narrator is talking about, we have Eine Kleine Nacht Music, The Magic Flute – as exemplification.
With a Very Short Introduction, there is nothing of that and the scope of t ...more
This question is actually a good starting point for this book, and if your answer is "of course there can be, don't be silly", then you'll probably be disappointed by Cook's little book. If your answer is "don't be pedantic, obviously the first introduction is through sound but we need words to make sense of it" you'll be happy to fin ...more
Mình chưa đánh giá được hay hay dở vì mới đọc một lần. Mình chỉ mới trả lời được cấu hỏi đầu tiên âm nhạc là gì? Còn rất nhiều điều mình thấy khó hiểu sau khi đọ ...more
Cook then moves onto Beethoven, showing how much of what we think about music was developed by the writings on and about Beethoven. Great stuff there.
Ends with a tak ...more
Glad I bought it a discounted price. You get what you pay for.
The only note made:
In Pythagoras times music was seen as a representation of cosmic harmony. By the eighteen century, it was seen as capable of capturing feelings. It can rev ...more
Chapter 1: Musical Values
Chapter 2: Back to Beethoven
Chapter 3: A State of Crisis?
Chapter 4: An Imaginary Object
Chapter 5: A Matter of Representation
Chapter 6: Music and the Acad ...more