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. Now in The Music Instinct, award-winning writer Philip Ball provides the first comprehensive, accessible survey of what is known--and still unknown--about how music works its magic, and why, as much as eating and sleeping, it seems indispensable to humanity. Deftly weaving together the latest findings in brain science with history, mathematics, and philosophy, The Music Instinct not only deepens our appreciation of the music we love, but shows that we would not be ourselves without it. The Sunday Times hailed it as a wonderful account of why music matters, with Balls passion for music evident on every page.and French. For example, English words tend to have stresses on the first or early syllables, while French words place ... evenly (think of the nursery rhyme a#39;Jack and Jilla#39;) whereas in French ita#39;s the timing between the onset of each syllable, regardless of stresses, that is evenly spaced. ... Perhaps this is why French songs seem to have a rather regular pulse (a#39;FrAure Jacquesa#39;), while English songs haveanbsp;...
|Title||:||The Music Instinct: How Music Works and Why We Cant Do Without It|
|Publisher||:||Oxford University Press - 2010-08-04|