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Musicologia: Musical Knowledge from Plato to John Cage

Maconie, Robin

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ISBN 10: 0810876965 / ISBN 13: 9780810876965
Published by Scarecrow Press 2010-07-09, 2010
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Title: Musicologia: Musical Knowledge from Plato to...

Publisher: Scarecrow Press 2010-07-09

Publication Date: 2010

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Fair

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In Musicologia—meaning "musical reasoning" as distinct from a mere love of music—author and composer Robin Maconie takes aim against the fashionable misconception that music is empty of meaning, or "auditory cheesecake." Fresh and penetrating insights draw attention to the influence of musical analogy in the history of science and philosophy from ancient Greece to modern times. Since music has always existed, it is an expression of human consciousness. The discoveries of Pythagoras, Zeno, Kepler, Newton, and Einstein would not have been possible without a tradition of musical acoustics.

The story of Musicologia unfolds in thirty-one chapters from primordial considerations of silence, communication, selfhood, balance, and motion to focus on more recent and specific issues of chaos, order, relativity, and artificial intelligence, showing that even the most controversial aspects of modern art music form part of a wider endeavor to engage with universal propositions of science and philosophy.

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Robin Maconie is a composer and musicologist. He is the author of The Way of Music: Aural Training for the Internet Generation (Scarecrow, 2006), Other Planets: The Music of Karlheinz Stockhausen (Scarecrow, 2005), and The Second Sense: Language, Music, and Hearing (Scarecrow, 2002).

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