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Uncommon Measure: A Journey through Music, Performance, and the Science of Time

Uncommon Measure: A Journey through Music, Performance, and the Science of Time

by Natalie Hodges
Uncommon Measure: A Journey through Music, Performance, and the Science of Time

Uncommon Measure: A Journey through Music, Performance, and the Science of Time

by Natalie Hodges

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Overview

NATIONAL BOOK AWARD LONGLIST
NEW YORK TIMES EDITORS’ CHOICE

A virtuosic debut from a gifted violinist searching for a new mode of artistic becoming

How does time shape consciousness and consciousness, time? Do we live in time, or does time live in us? And how does music, with its patterns of rhythm and harmony, inform our experience of time?

Uncommon Measure explores these questions from the perspective of a young Korean American who dedicated herself to perfecting her art until performance anxiety forced her to give up the dream of becoming a concert solo violinist. Anchoring her story in illuminating research in neuroscience and quantum physics, Hodges traces her own passage through difficult family dynamics, prejudice, and enormous personal expectations to come to terms with the meaning of a life reimagined—one still shaped by classical music but moving toward the freedom of improvisation.



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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781942658979
Publisher: Bellevue Literary Press
Publication date: 03/22/2022
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 62,605
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Natalie Hodges has performed as a classical violinist throughout Colorado and in New York, Boston, Paris, and the Italian Piedmont, as well as at the Aspen Music Festival and the Stowe Tango Music Festival. She is a graduate of Harvard University, where she studied English and music, and currently lives in Boulder, Colorado. Uncommon Measure is her first book.

Table of Contents

Prelude 13

Un trainmen 17

A Sixth Sense: Notes on Improvisation 46

Symmetry Breaking 79

Chaconne 111

The Still Point of the Turning World 141

Coda: Memory Is a Hologram 173

Acknowledgments 181

Credits 185

Notes 186

Bibliography 195

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