The Power of Music: Pioneering Discoveries in the New Science of Song

The Power of Music: Pioneering Discoveries in the New Science of Song

by Elena Mannes
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The Power of Music: Pioneering Discoveries in the New Science of Song by Elena Mannes

The award-winning creator of the acclaimed documentary "The Music
Instinct: Science & Song," explores the power of music and its
connection to the body, the brain, and the world of nature. Only
recently has science sought in earnest to understand and explain this
impact. One remarkable recent study, analyzing the cries of newborns,
shows that infants' cries contain common musical intervals, and children
tease each other in specific, singsong ways no matter where in the
world they live. Physics experiments show that sound waves can
physically change the structure of a material; musician and world-famous
conductor Daniel Barenboim believes musical sound vibrations physically
penetrate our bodies, shifting molecules as they do. The Power of Music
follows visionary researchers and accomplished musicians to the
crossroads of science and culture, to discover: how much of our
musicality is learned and how much is innate? Can examining the
biological foundations of music help scientists unravel the intricate
web of human cognition and brain function? Why is music virtually
universal across cultures and time-does it provide some evolutionary
advantage? Can music make people healthier? Might music contain organizing principles of harmonic vibration that underlie the cosmos
itself?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780802778291
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication date: 05/24/2011
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 288
File size: 4 MB

About the Author

Elena Mannes has won six Emmys and many other national awards for
her documentaries. She is a member of one of the first families of
American music. Her grandparents founded the Mannes College of Music in
New York City; her great uncle, Walter Damrosch, conducted the
Metropolitan Opera and was the instigator for the building of Carnegie
Hall.
Elena Mannes has won six Emmys and many other national awards for her documentaries. She is a member of one of the first families of American music. Her grandparents founded the Mannes College of Music in New York City; her great uncle, Walter Damrosch, conducted the Metropolitan Opera and was the instigator for the building of Carnegie Hall. She lives in New York City.

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