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Beethoven's Anvil: Music in Mind and Culture

Beethoven's Anvil: Music in Mind and Culture

by William Benzon
     
 

ISBN-10: 0465015441

ISBN-13: 9780465015443

Pub. Date: 10/28/2002

Publisher: Basic Books


Why does the brain create music? In Beethoven's Anvil, cognitive scientist and jazz musician William Benzon finds the key to music's function in the very complexity of musical experience. Music demands that our symbol-processing capacities, motor skills, and emotional and communicative skills all work in close coordination--not only within our own heads but also

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Why does the brain create music? In Beethoven's Anvil, cognitive scientist and jazz musician William Benzon finds the key to music's function in the very complexity of musical experience. Music demands that our symbol-processing capacities, motor skills, and emotional and communicative skills all work in close coordination--not only within our own heads but also with the heads (and bodies) of others. Music is at once deeply personal and highly social, highly disciplined yet open to emotional nuance and interpretation. It's precisely this coordination of different mental functions, Benzon argues, that underlies our deep need to create and participate in music. At once daring and scholarly, this remarkable book offers a sweeping vision of a vital, underappreciated force in our minds and our culture.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780465015443
Publisher:
Basic Books
Publication date:
10/28/2002
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
356
Product dimensions:
8.02(w) x 8.04(h) x 0.57(d)

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