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The Musical Life
     

The Musical Life

by W. A. Mathieu
 

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Being musical does not necessarily mean being a musician; it doesn't mean playing the piano at parties or composing songs for lovers. It is a way of being awake, an angle of perception, a tilt of the ear. The musical ear knows it is innately in tune with the universe. A person can talk or move musically, or simply be harmonious, without being a fine violinist. You do

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Being musical does not necessarily mean being a musician; it doesn't mean playing the piano at parties or composing songs for lovers. It is a way of being awake, an angle of perception, a tilt of the ear. The musical ear knows it is innately in tune with the universe. A person can talk or move musically, or simply be harmonious, without being a fine violinist. You do not need a musician's craft to know that both you and music are made from the same design. - From the preface

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Library Journal
Mathieu, a pianist/composer who recently added writing to his daily routine ( The Listening Book , Shambhala, 1991), offers wise counsel about expressiveness in both words and music. He urges his readers to realize the essential musicality of existence itself. Mathieu's care with specialized terms is exemplified by his delightful explanation of overtones. Composed of short, philosophical pieces inviting contemplation, argument, and further questioning--as articles on aesthetics generally do--this book reflects its author's Sufi beliefs and will probably appeal to fans of New Age music and their libraries.-- Bonnie Jo Dopp, formerly with Dist . of Columbia P.L.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780877736707
Publisher:
Shambhala Publications, Inc.
Publication date:
05/28/1994
Pages:
235
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.60(d)

Meet the Author

William Allaudin Mathieu is a composer pianist whose long and varied career ranges from his early work with the Stan Kenton band and The Second City Theater, to his extensive catalogue of song cycles, works for choir, and instrumental concert music. He has recorded extensively, and is the author of The Listening Book, The Musical Life, and Harmonic Experience: Tonal Harmony from Its Natural Origin to Its Modern Expression.

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