Musical Cognition: A Science of Listening

Musical Cognition: A Science of Listening

by Henkjan Honing


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One Hundred Years of Music

After Beethoven and Wagner

Gerald Abraham

This book provides a full account of the history of music from the death of Beethoven to the modern era. It covers a period of exceptional interest. The last hundred years coincide roughly with the rise and decline of Romanticism, include the various nationality movements, and extended to the advent of "neo-classicism," the twelve-tone system, and still more modern techniques. Abraham devotes ample space to modernist and avant garde music, in which he explains the difficulties we experience in listening to it. He also throws new light on many familiar topics. This third edition further enlarges the bibliography and chronology, and adds commentary on developments in music techniques.

Music in a New Found Land

Themes and Developments in the history of American Music

Wilfrid Mellers

It has always been difficult to separate American music from its immediate relevance to the twentieth century. Mellers' theme, represented in this book, involves the relationship between "art" music, jazz and pop music; he sees the segregation of these genres as both illogical and artificial. If the pop music of Tin Pan Alley may be anti-art, it has also produced Gershwin, Ellington, and composing improvisers such as Louis Armstrong, Charlie Parker, and Miles Davis. The study of American music is as relevant into any inquiry into a national culture as the study of American literature and painting. This unique, one-volume history of American music provides a window into American culture.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781412842280
Publisher: Transaction Publishers
Publication date: 07/15/2011
Pages: 166
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Henkjan Honing is the KNAW-Hendrik Muller chair at the Institute for Logic, Language and Computation (ILLC), University of Amsterdam.

He conducts his research projects under the auspices of the ILLC and the University of Amsterdam’s Cognitive Science Center Amsterdam (CSCA). Honing has authored over 150 international publications in the area of music cognition and music technology.

Table of Contents

Preface ix

Part 1 De do do do, de da da da Babble Music

1 First Listening Experiences 3

2 The Illiterate Listener 17

3 What this Book Is About 23

Part 2 Ooh-ooh-ooh The Magic of Music

4 Music as Mystery 27

5 Music as Language 31

6 Music as sound 45

Part 3 Hmmm … Music and Musicality

7 We're Musical Creatures 53

8 Measuring the Beat 63

9 Do You Recognize this Melody? 77

Part 4 Tá-ta-ta-tá-ta Music as Cognition

10 The Secret of the "Loud Rest" 87

11 The Secret of the Details 103

12 The Secret, Mapped Out 109

Part 5 Aha! Music in Our Heads

13 The Musical Listener 123

14 Listening and Learning 135

15 Encore 139

Index 147

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