The Origins of Music

The Origins of Music

by Nils L. Wallin

The book can be viewed as representing the birth of evolutionary biomusicology.See more details below


The book can be viewed as representing the birth of evolutionary biomusicology.

Product Details

MIT Press
Publication date:
Bradford Books Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

IThe Beginning1
1An Introduction to Evolutionary Musicology3
IIVocal Communication in Animals25
2Prolegomena to a Biomusicology27
3Origins of Music and Speech: Insights from Animals31
4Birdsong Repertoires: Their Origins and Use49
5What's Behind a Song? The Neural Basis of Song Learning in Birds65
6The Sound and the Fury: Primate Vocalizations as Reflections of Emotion and Thought77
7Gibbon Songs and Human Music from an Evolutionary Perspective103
8Social Organization as a Factor in the Origins of Language and Music125
9The Progressively Changing Songs of Humpback Whales: A Window on the Creative Process in a Wild Animal135
IIIMusic, Language, and Human Evolution151
10Can Biomusicology Learn from Language Evolution Studies?153
11Toward an Evolutionary Theory of Music and Language165
12Paleoneurology and the Biology of Music177
13Hominid Brain Evolution and the Origins of Music197
14Fossil Evidence for the Origin of Speech Sounds217
15New Perspectives on the Beginnings of Music: Archeological and Musicological Analysis of a Middle Paleolithic Bone "Flute"235
IVTheories of Music Origin269
16The "Musilanguage" Model of Music Evolution271
17How Music Fixed "Nonsense" into Significant Formulas: On Rhythm, Repetition, and Meaning301
18Synchronous Chorusing and Human Origins315
19Evolution of Human Music through Sexual Selection329
20Simulating the Evolution of Musical Behavior361
21Antecedents of the Temporal Arts in Early Mother-Infant Interaction389
22A Neurobiological Role of Music in Social Bonding411
VUniversals in Music425
23Human Processing Predispositions and Musical Universals427
24The Question of Innate Competencies in Musical Communication449
25An Ethnomusicologist Contemplates Universals in Musical Sound and Musical Culture463
26The Necessity of and Problems with a Universal Musicology473
VIThe End of the Beginning481
27Listening to Music483
Author Index485
Subject Index495

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