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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 ยท Frederick Nicholls.

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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 I wish I had known about this book a few years ago when I was obsessed on defining the moods of certain chord sequences!

What gives music its meaning Music is felt, and certain musical motifs or phrases evoke certain emotions in certain contexts. But Cooke’s book goes so much further. Showing of 8 reviews. In the end it turned out to be one of those books that really got the old nogen brewing – – a book that sometimes you have to put down because it really gets your brain going or that if you read it before bedtime, you might wake up at 3: To ask other readers questions about The Language of Musicplease sign up.

But Cooke’s book goes so much further. Laitz and Ian Sewell. Discover Prime Book Box for Kids. His writing is crystal clear, his reasoning is well thought out, and his presentation is both entertaining and heartfelt. Beethoven Second Edition William Kinderman.


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Jon rated it liked it Aug 05, Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime. 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 deryci 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.

I had it and lost it. He identifies basic melodic terms used and the feelings that they communicate.

Get to Know Us. Wrb added it Jul 28, There’s a problem loading this menu right now. Learn more about Amazon Prime. Basically, it’s impossible to deconstruct how great composers think, in the manner that Cooke attempts. Sarah Yaksic marked it as to-read Apr 04, Amazon Inspire Digital Educational Cooek. Bob marked it as to-read Jan 10, Meri Khojayan rated it really liked it Jan 19, Amazon Second Chance Pass it on, trade it in, give it a second life.

Alton Thompson rated it it was amazing Oct 10, Amazon Rapids Fun stories for kids on the go. He shows himself to have a deep understanding of human psychology, emotional depth, and of course, music.

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Not as much comment on the melodic aspects except by reference. I happened upon a copy in a used book store and it immediately grabbed my attention. Cooke closes the book with extended analysis langjage Mozart’s Fortieth and Vaughan-Williams’ Sixth symphonies, showing how all the individual elements discussed previously come together in a fully realized work.


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The Language of Music

He shows himself to have a deep understanding of human psychology, emotional depth, and of course, music. This was a derck bargain! Cooke argues that Western mostly classical music is truly a language, but one that speaks to the emotions and not to the This is a truly wonderful book.

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When the book was first suggested to me, based on theme, I was expecting something “wishy washy” and not too keen on it, but for some reason I decided to give it a go, since it touches on one of my areas of reasearch. Yet no two people will have exactly the same reaction to a piece of music, even if they like it. Then, sequences of intervals, rhythm and their formal implications are also discussed, showing their ‘universality’ and how many classical composers have used languqge consistently to express something: To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

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.