The Music Instinct
how music works and why we can't do without it
Overture: why we sing : what is music and how do we decide which to use?
Andante : what's in a tune? : do melodies follow rules, and if so, which?
Legato : keeping it together : How do we decode the sound?
Tutti: all together now : how do we use more than one note at a time?
Con moto: slave to the rhythm : what gives music its pulse?
Pizzicato : the colour of music : why do instruments sound different, and how does that affect the music?
Misterioso : all in the mind : which bits of the brain do we use for music?
Appassionato : light my fire : how does music convey and elicit emotion?
Capriccioso : going in and out of style : what are musical styles? : is music about notes, or patterns, or textures?
Parlando : why music talks to us : is music a language? or is it closer to the non-verbal arts?
Serioso : the meaning of music : what are composers and musicians trying to say? : can music in itself say anything at all?
Coda : the condition of music
From Bach fugues to Indonesian gamelan, from nursery rhymes to rock, music has cast its light into every corner of human culture. But why music excites such deep passions, and how we make sense of musical sound at all, are questions that have until recently remained unanswered.
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