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Emotion and Meaning in Music

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"Altogether it is a book that should be required reading for any student of music, be he composer, performer, or theorist. It clears the air of many confused notions . . . and lays the groundwork for exhaustive study of the basic problem of music theory and aesthetics, the relationship between pattern and meaning."—David Kraehenbuehl, Journal of Music Theory

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Paperback, 307 pages
Published February 15th 1961 by University Of Chicago Press (first published February 1st 1961)
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John Park
Jul 04, 2014 rated it it was ok
2.5 stars.

The question of exactly how music can convey emotion has intrigued and troubled thinkers and musicians for generations; some have gone so far as to deny that it can do so. The question of the meaning of a piece of music is obviously related to such expression. This book, perhaps best regarded as an exercise in applied psychology, does deal—obliquely—with the expression of emotion, but meaning in the conventional sense seems a little more elusive.

I don't know how current its thinking is
Rachel Devadason
Nov 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017, non-fiction
It was all good until the author referred to non-Western musical cultures as "primitive" cultures...white musicologists pls fix ur superiority complex.....

Otherwise I really enjoyed reading this. I feel the tremendous insights I've gained are already enriching the way I understand Music as a listener, as well as informing me how to perform and compose more sensitively. The psychological basis of a lot of Meyer's claims was clear and easy to understand, albeit slightly repetitive at times. In par
Feb 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
Classic and must-read for anyone interested in why music causes affect (emotion) and some of the most thoughtful analysis that links together psychology with music theory. While some of it shows its age in the dense writing, it is still quite relevant to today, as a springboard and foundation for the castles in the sky that are being built with the cognitive neuroscience of music. Took me a while to get through it because of the information density, but that really just underscores how excellent ...more
We have all become obsessed with the problem of meaning in various subjects. This book explains musical meaning and it's communication. "Not only does music use no linguistic signs but, on one level at least, it operates as a closed system, that is, it employs no signs or symbols referring to the non-musical world of objects, concepts, and human desires." Hence, the difficulty this book presents on the matter because it strives to analyze music where people usually don't consider music as merely ...more
Nov 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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It's not very often I give a book I read for school five stars, but this book I picked out myself for my research project and it was so packed with information and so good!
Jul 20, 2014 marked it as to-read
Referenced in The Music Instinct: How Music Works and Why We Can't Do Without It by Philip Ball (p. 278).
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