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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To ask other readers questions about The Language langkage Musicplease sign up. He argues that all composers whose music has a tonal basis have used the same, or closely similar, melodic phrases, harmonies, and rhythms to express and evoke the same emotions. This important book has come to be regarded as a modern classic.
Trivia Muwic The Language of M But Cooke’s book goes so much further. Darrin Clutteur marked it as to-read Jun 12, Want to Read Currently Reading Read. His writing is crystal clear, his reasoning is well thought out, and his presentation is both entertaining and heartfelt. Nov 17, Kari rated it it was ok Shelves: While seryck that a ‘dictionary’ of the language of music cannot easily be provided, he here attempts to supply at least a ‘phrase-book’.
The Language of Music – Deryck Cooke – Oxford University Press
Review “One of the most important publications of post-war English musicography Pat Muchmore rated it liked it Nov 20, I only read this because it looked interesting in a bibliography dertck another book, but the author of that one must have picked the most readily understandable parts for his book, so there wasn’t anything else really great in this one.
The derjck 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. Alton Thompson rated it it was amazing Oct 10, Safaa added it Dec 19, Share your thoughts with other customers. Tarquin Namaste rated it really liked it Apr 14, Russell marked it as to-read May 19, If you have some musical background you’ll need it to make sense of the examplesdo check it out.
In my view, a theory is good when one can use it not only to describe what is known, but also in some way to understand what is new and to discover and predict something that is not known. 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.
The Study of Counterpoint: Musicians will naturally play in certain ways to evoke fear, excitement, sadness, joy.
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He supports this view with numerous musical examples, varying from plainsong to Stravinsky. Wintersthrall rated it it was amazing Dec 29, And the composers’ talent, in Cooke, seems to be reduced to their ability to employ the musical musix he considers emotional.
Same old stuff you’ve heard if you’ve ever read a music book. And one’s not really sure whether Cooke is implying that his emotive musical phrases always work, or just work some of the time. Explore the Home Gift Cooie.
My library Help Advanced Book Search. Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime. Does go on a bit but definitely worth it.
This important and controversial book has come to be regarded as a modern classic. Would you like to tell us about a lower price? Amazon Advertising Find, attract, and engage customers. 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. While acknowledging that a ‘dictionary’ of the language of music cannot easily be provided, he attempts to supply what could at least be regarded as a ‘phrase book’.
Paul Mcgraw rated it it was ok Dec 14, It’s therefore a little hard to accept his collections of musically emotive examples as altogether valid, though they are impressive enough.