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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Zach Harju rated it really liked it Jun 14, Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. 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 This book came to my 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.

Not as much comment on the melodic aspects except by reference.


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And one’s not really sure whether Cooke is implying that his emotive musical phrases always work, or just work some of the time. Inder Suri marked it as to-read Oct 27, Review “One of the most important publications of post-war English musicography Learn more about Amazon Giveaway.

He shows himself to have a deep understanding of human psychology, emotional depth, and of course, music.

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Critique of Pure Music James O. Laitz and Ian Sewell. Music at Hand Jonathan De Souza. He supports this view with hundreds of musical examples, ranging lanhuage 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.

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Deryck Cooke is the person who orchestrated Mahler’s tenth symphony, starting with Mahler’s original draft. Safaa added it Dec 19, Choose your country or region Close. Amazon Rapids Fun stories for kids on the go.


And the composers’ talent, in Cooke, seems to be reduced to their ability to employ the musical phrases he considers emotional. 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. It reveals the secrets of frequently mystified subjects langyage tonal systems.

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First, he assumes that music has a universal meaning. 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. Daniel Austin Green rated it it was amazing Jan 16, 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.

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