THE LANGUAGE OF MUSIC. By Deryck Cooke. O. U. P., Lo. , pp., $4. The author of this book did not have to hunt for a topic on which. This important and controversial book has come to be regarded as a modern classic. Originally published in , it has exerted a profound influence on all. Deryck Cooke. Oxford University Press, – Music – pages The Language of Music: Or, Musical Expression and Characterization · Frederick Nicholls.

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Shoshana is currently reading it Apr 27, Ryan rated it really liked it Nov 26, Even though I disagree with his approach and his conclusions, reading his book made understand why I think about musical meaning the way I do. Judith rated it it was amazing Nov 02, In the end it turned out to be one of those books that really got the coooke nogen brewing musif – a book that sometimes you have to put down because it really gets your brain going or that if you read it before bedtime, you might wake up at 3: He supports this view with hundreds of musical examples, ranging from plainsong to Stravinsky, and contends that musix is a language in the specific sense that we can identify idioms and draw up a list of meanings.

Would you like to tell us about a lower price? Based on thisevidence he argues that music is a language labguage the quite specific sense that idioms can be identified and a list of meanings compiled. This is a musoc wonderful book.


Russell marked it as to-read May 19, Pat Muchmore rated it liked it Nov 20, Zeek Twerpy rated it it was amazing Aug 15, Deryck Cooke’s thesis is that the fundamental characteristic of music is the expression and evocation of emotion.

Within just the first few pages, however, I knew I’d found something special. Pages with related products. The Study of Counterpoint: While it’s definitely a shame that so little has been done to develop the ideas in this book since it was written and so many have attacked his basic premise, unjustly in my opinionit’s interesting to see scientific studies confirming some of what Cooke describes, for example the universality of certain musical characteristics.

Cooke raises THE fundamental question of music–what does music mean? Be the first to ask a question about The Language of Music. See and discover other items: Beethoven Second Edition William Kinderman.

First published inthis original study argues that the main characteristic of music is that it expresses and evokes emotion, and that all composers whose music has a tonal basis have used the same, or closely similar, melodic phrases, harmonies, and rhythms to affect the listener in the same ways. Bob marked it as to-read Jan 10, AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally. I wish I had known about this book a few years ago when I was obsessed on defining the moods of certain chord sequences!

Return to Book Page. But Cooke’s book goes so much further. How Music Plays the Mind.

While acknowledging that a ‘dictionary’ of the language of music cannot easily be provided, he here attempts to supply at least a ‘phrase-book’. I’d like to read this book on Kindle Don’t have a Kindle?


The Language of Music

He identifies basic melodic terms used and the feelings that they communicate. Same old stuff you’ve heard if you’ve ever read a music book. Cooke closes the book with extended analysis of Mozart’s Fortieth and Vaughan-Williams’ Sixth symphonies, showing how all the individual elements discussed previously come together in a fully realized work.

The Language of Music. Juliosus marked it as to-read Nov 19, Mark Smith rated it it was amazing Feb 06, The book’s final section analyzes two symphonies, Mozart’s Fortieth and Vaughan Williams’s Sixth, to explore the nature of musical inspiration and the process whereby the notes actually convey emotion from composer to listener.

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Originally published init has exerted a profound influence on all subsequent discussion in the field of musical aesthetics. Zach Harju rated it really liked it Jun 14, The book does not provide any hint to analyze the expression of complex emotions that are contained in good radical modern music. Want to Read saving….