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. This important and controversial book has come to be regarded as a modern classic. Originally published in , it has exerted a profound influence on all. Deryck Cooke. Oxford University Press, – Music – pages The Language of Music: Or, Musical Expression and Characterization · Frederick Nicholls.
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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. The Language of Music by Deryck Cooke. First published inthis original study argues that the main characteristic of music is that it expresses and evokes emotion, and that all composers whose music has a tonal basis have used the same, or closely similar, melodic phrases, harmonies, and rhythms to affect the listener in the same ways.
He supports this view with hundreds of musical examples, ranging from First published inthis original study argues that the main characteristic of music is that it expresses and evokes emotion, and that all composers whose music has a tonal basis have used the same, or closely similar, melodic phrases, harmonies, and rhythms to affect the listener in the same ways. 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.
The book’s final section analyzes 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 composer to listener. Paperbackpages. Published March 8th by Clarendon Press first published December 31st To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
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Lists with This Book. Cooke espouses the belief that there is a communication in music between composer and listener on the subconscious or semi-conscious level.
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He identifies basic melodic terms used and the feelings that they communicate. I hooked my Yamaha keyboard up while reading and played the sample scores for lsnguage effect.
I wish I had known about this book a few years ago when I was obsessed on defining the moods of certain musci sequences! This book came to languxge 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.
Sep 30, Harrison rated it it was amazing Shelves: This is a truly wonderful book. I happened upon a copy in a used book store and it immediately grabbed my attention. 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.
Within just the first few pages, however, I knew I’d found something special. Cooke argues that Western muusic classical music is truly a language, but one that speaks to the emotions and not to the This is a truly wonderful book.
Cooke argues that Western mostly classical music is truly a language, but one that speaks to the emotions and not to the intellect. Music is felt, and certain musical motifs or phrases evoke certain emotions in certain contexts. He provides copious examples showing this to be the case, with meticulous attention given to all basic aspects of music: His writing is crystal clear, his reasoning is well thought out, and his presentation is both entertaining and heartfelt.
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He shows himself to have a deep understanding of human psychology, emotional depth, and of course, music. This is the guy that orchestrated Mahler’s Tenth, after all. Cooke closes the book with extended analysis of Mozart’s Fortieth and Vaughan-Williams’ Sixth symphonies, showing how all the individual elements discussed previously come together in a fully realized work. 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, for example the universality of certain musical characteristics.
Musicians will naturally play in certain ways to evoke fear, excitement, sadness, joy. But Cooke’s book mussic so much further.
If you have some musical background you’ll need it to make sense of the examplesdo check it out. Oct 12, Vladimir rated it liked it.
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This book is widely regarded as a classic in musical aesthetics. Its thesis is that the fundamental characteristic of music is the expression and evocation of emotion. The author mostly concentrates in premodern music although also gives examples by Bartok, Stravinsky and even Schoenberg he humbly realizes in the Preface that his theory does not generally muxic to twelve tone and atonal music even when he declares to admire also that music.
The book provides deryco “vocabulary” of music illustrated This book is widely regarded as a classic in musical aesthetics.
The book provides a “vocabulary” of music illustrated with detailed examples, were each intervalic distance is discussed and related to a particular emotion.
Then, sequences of intervals, rhythm and their formal implications are also discussed, showing their ‘universality’ and how many classical composers have used them consistently to express something: 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 end and was therefore ‘good’ although the book was written in In my view, a theory is good when one can use it not only to describe what is known, but also in some way to understand what is new and to discover and predict something that is not known.
The book does not provide any hint to analyze the expression of complex emotions that are contained in good radical modern music. I think that such a kind of psychological approaches are doomed to fail when one tries to extend them to these new forms of expression.
Nov 17, Kari rated it it was ok Shelves: I only read this because it looked interesting in a bibliography for another book, but the author of that one must have picked the most readily understandable parts for his book, so there wasn’t anything else really great in this one.
Same old stuff you’ve heard if you’ve ever read a music book. Apr 07, Snufkin rated it really liked it. Really interesting, and surprising the similarities it brings out! Does go on a bit but definitely worth it. Jon rated it liked it Aug 05, Zeek Twerpy rated it it was amazing Aug 15, Zach Harju rated it really liked it Jun 14, Eduardo Iturrate rated it it was amazing Feb 15, Paul Mcgraw rated it it was ok Dec 14, Judith rated it it was amazing Nov 02, Mark Smith rated it it was amazing Feb 06, Ryan rated it really liked it Nov 26, Eileen Yuling rated it liked it Mar 26, Roger Quick rated it it was amazing Oct 30, Dave Hatton rated it liked it Oct 15, William rated it it was ok Jun 24, Pat Muchmore rated it liked it Nov 20, Robert Poortinga rated it really liked it Jan 19, Alton Thompson rated it it was amazing Oct 10, Robert Lamb rated it it was amazing Oct 27, Daniel Austin Green rated it it was amazing Jan 16, Shana Patterson rated it really liked it Apr 03, Wintersthrall rated it it was amazing Dec 29, David rated it really liked it Mar 01, Meri Khojayan rated it really liked it Jan 19, Tarquin Namaste rated it really liked it Apr 14, Hayoun rated it liked it Jan 03, Julie marked it as to-read Oct 25, Bob marked it as to-read Feb 14, Juliosus marked it as to-read Nov 19, Wrb added it Jul 28, Genjiro added it Aug 24, Russell marked it as to-read May 19, Neil marked it as to-read Jun 29, Haruka marked it as to-read Aug 07, Mala marked it as to-read Oct 27, Kris marked it as to-read Oct 27, Kalliope added it Oct 27, Inder Suri marked it as to-read Oct 27, Carter marked it as to-read Nov 04, Tgillan marked it as to-read Dec 10, Safaa added it Dec 19, Robin Andrew Hughes is currently reading it Jan 01, Michelle marked it as to-read Jan 02, Juan Martinez marked it as to-read Jan 02, Chelsea marked it as to-read Jan 03,