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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Tgillan marked it as to-read Dec 10, The Language of Music: This is the guy that orchestrated Mahler’s Tenth, after all. This important and controversial book has come to be regarded as a modern classic.

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Bob marked it as to-read Feb 14, Discover Prime Book Box for Kids. Zeek Twerpy rated it it was amazing Aug 15, He shows himself to have a deep understanding of human psychology, emotional depth, and of course, music. There was a problem filtering reviews right now.

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The author’s thesis is that the main characteristic of music is to express andevoke emotion, I happened upon a copy in a used book store and it immediately grabbed my deeyck. Refresh and try again. If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? Wrb added it Jul 28, AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally.


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Its thesis is that the fundamental characteristic of music is the expression and evocation of emotion. And since Cooke only uses about four or five examples to “prove” each point, the possibility of these being the lucky five examples with multiple exceptions makes me skeptical. See and discover other items: Withoutabox Submit to Film Festivals. Customers who bought this item also bought.

Trivia About The Language of M The enlightening analysis of two complete symphonies by Mozart and Vaughan Williams demonstrates the expressive function of musical form, the latter being an element which the author considers inseparable from musical content. Yet no two people will have exactly the same reaction to a piece of music, even if they like it.

In the end it turned out to be one of those books that really got the old nogen brewing – – a deeyck 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: Mark Smith rated it it was amazing Feb 06, This book is widely regarded as a classic in musical aesthetics.


This wonderful little book explains how the basic elements of musical expression communicate emotional content, both locally and on a larger scale.

Second, anyone who has brushed around in music theory enough can tell you that if you want to find a certain pattern in a piece of music, you will find it if you look hard enough.

Music is felt, and certain musical motifs or phrases evoke certain emotions in certain contexts.

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Ryan rated it really liked it Nov 26, See all 8 reviews. Carter marked it as to-read Nov 04, Darrin Clutteur marked it as to-read Jun 12, Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon. The Language of Music Clarendon Paperbacks. He supports this view with numerous musical examples, ranging from plainsong to Stravinsky, and he argues that music is a language in the quite specific sense that idiom can be identified and a list of meanings compiled.

I think that such a kind of psychological approaches lannguage doomed to fail when one tries to extend them to these new forms of expression.

Paperbackpages. His writing is crystal clear, his reasoning is well thought out, and his presentation is both entertaining and heartfelt.