View your shopping cart.

Music

GHOSTS OF MY LIFE: WRITINGS ON DEPRESSIONS, HAUNTOLOGY, AND LOST FUTURES

GHOSTS OF MY LIFE: WRITINGS ON DEPRESSIONS, HAUNTOLOGY, AND LOST FUTURES

By: Fisher, Mark
$22.95
More Info
'A must read for modernists, and for anyone who misses the future.' Bob Stanley, musician, journalist, author, and film producer This collection of writings by Mark Fisher, author of the acclaimed Capitalist Realism, argues that we are haunted by futures that failed to happen. Fisher searches for the traces of these lost futures in the work of David Peace, John Le Carré, Christopher Nolan, Joy Division, Burial and many others.
GREAT TWENTIETH CENTURY VIOLIN CON

GREAT TWENTIETH CENTURY VIOLIN CON

By: Glazunov, Alexander
$13.95
More Info
Sibelius - Concerto in D minor for Violin & Orchestra, op. 47 (1903, rev. 1905)
HARMONIOUS TRIADS: PHYSICISTS, MUSICIANS & INSTRUMENT MAKERS 19TH CENT. GERMANY

HARMONIOUS TRIADS: PHYSICISTS, MUSICIANS & INSTRUMENT MAKERS 19TH CENT. GERMANY

By: Jackson, Myles W
$23.00
More Info
Historically, music was long classified as both art and science. Aspects of music--from the mathematics of tuning to the music of the celestial spheres--were primarily studied as science until the seventeenth century. In the nineteenth century, although scientists were less interested in the music of the spheres than the natural philosophers of earlier centuries, they remained committed to understanding the world of performing musicians and their instruments. In Harmonious Triads, Myles Jackson analyzes the relationship of physicists, musicians, and instrument makers in nineteenth-century Germany. Musical instruments provided physicists with experimental systems, and physicists' research led directly to improvements in musical-instrument manufacture and assisted musicians in their performances. Music also provided scientists with a cultural resource, which forged acquaintances and future collaborations. Jackson discusses experiments in acoustical vibrations that led to the invention of musical instruments and describes work with adiabatic phenomena that resulted in the improvement of the reed pipe, used by organ builders. He examines the collaborations of physicists and mechanicians aimed at standardizing beat and pitch and considers debates stirred by the standardization of aesthetic qualities. He describes the importance for scientists of choral societies as a vehicle for social life and cultural unity. Finally, he discusses a subject that occupied both physicists and musicians of the era: Could physicists, using the universal principles of mechanics, explain musical skill? Was the virtuosity of a Paganini or a Liszt somehow quantifiable? Jackson's historical consideration of questions at the intersection of music and physics shows us how each discipline helped shape the other.
HISTORY OF OPERA

HISTORY OF OPERA

By: Parker, Roger
$21.95
More Info
Why has opera transfixed and fascinated audiences for centuries? Carolyn Abbate and Roger Parker answer this question in their effervescent, witty (Die Welt, Germany) retelling of the history of opera, examining its development, the musical and dramatic means by which it communicates, and its role in society. Now with an expanded examination of opera as an institution in the twenty-first century, this lucid and sweeping (Boston Globe) narrative explores the tensions that have sustained opera over four hundred years: between words and music, character and singer, inattention and absorption. Abbate and Parker argue that, though the genre s most popular and enduring works were almost all written in a distant European past, opera continues to change the viewer physically, emotionally, intellectually with its enduring power."
HOW EQUAL TEMPERAMENT RUINED HARMONY

HOW EQUAL TEMPERAMENT RUINED HARMONY

By: Duffin, Ross W
$15.95
More Info
What if Bach and Mozart heard richer, more dramatic chords than we hear in music today? What sonorities and moods have we lost in playing music in equal temperament--the equal division of the octave into twelve notes that has become our standard tuning method? Thanks to How Equal Temperament Ruined Harmony, we may soon be able to hear for ourselves what Beethoven really meant when he called B minor 'black' (Wall Street Journal).In this comprehensive plea for more variety in tuning methods (Kirkus Reviews), Ross W. Duffin presents a serious and well-argued case (Goldberg Magazine) that should make any contemporary musician think differently about tuning (Saturday Guardian).
HUM OF THE WORLD: A PHILOSOPHY OF LISTENING

HUM OF THE WORLD: A PHILOSOPHY OF LISTENING

By: Kramer, Lawrence
$29.95
More Info
The Hum of the World is an invitation to contemplate what would happen if we heard the world as attentively as we see it. Balancing big ideas with playful wit and lyrical prose, this imaginative volume identifies the role of sound in Western experience as the primary medium in which the presence and persistence of life acquire tangible form. The positive experience of aliveness is not merely in accord with sound, but inaccessible, even inconceivable, without it. Lawrence Kramer's poetic book roves freely over music, media, language, philosophy, and science from the ancient world to the present, along the way revealing how life is apprehended through sounds ranging from pandemonium to the faint background hum of the world. Easily moving from reflections on pivotal texts and music to the introduction of elemental concepts, this warm meditation on auditory culture uncovers the knowledge and pleasure made available when we recognize that the world is alive with sound.

IDOMENEO LIBRETTO

$8.00
More Info
INFLAMED INVISIBLE: COLLECTED WRITINGS ON ART AND SOUND, 1976-2018

INFLAMED INVISIBLE: COLLECTED WRITINGS ON ART AND SOUND, 1976-2018

By: Toop, David
$30.00
More Info
A rich collection of essays tracing the relationship between art and sound.

In the 1970s David Toop became preoccupied with the possibility that music was no longer bounded by formalities of audience: the clapping, the booing, the short attention span, the demand for instant gratification. Considering sound and listening as foundational practices in themselves leads music into a thrilling new territory: stretched time, wilderness, video monitors, singing sculptures, weather, meditations, vibration and the interior resonance of objects, interspecies communications, instructional texts, silent actions, and performance art.

Toop sought to document the originality and unfamiliarity of this work from his perspective as a practitioner and writer. The challenge was to do so without being drawn back into the domain of music while still acknowledging the vitality and hybridity of twentieth-century musics as they moved toward art galleries, museums, and site-specificity. Toop focused on practitioners, whose stories are as compelling as the theoretical and abstract implications of their works.

Inflamed Invisible collects more than four decades of David Toop's essays, reviews, interviews, and experimental texts, drawing us into the company of artists and their concerns, not forgetting the quieter, unsung voices. The volume is an offering, an exploration of strata of sound that are the crossing points of sensory, intellectual, and philosophical preoccupations, layers through which objects, thoughts and air itself come alive as the inflamed invisible.

INTRODUCTION TO WAGNER'S DER RING DES NIBELUNGEN

INTRODUCTION TO WAGNER'S DER RING DES NIBELUNGEN

By: Cord, William O
$19.95
More Info

Today, more than a century after its first performance, Richard Wagner's The Ring of Nibelung endures as one of the most significant artistic creations in the history of opera. This monumental work not only altered previously accepted concepts of music and drama but also inspired creative and intellectual efforts far beyond the field of opera.

Previous studies of the Ring have appealed only to those already acquainted in some way with the Wagnerian art. For the uninitiated, Wagner and his landmark creation have seemed forbidding, and those eager to learn about the masterpiece have faced a vast and frequently esoteric body of commentary. Professor Cord addresses the interests of the non-specialist by taking the reader first into Wagner's unique intent, and then through the complete history of the Ring.

Cord, who has attended forty performances of the Ring, considers the conception of the poem, its development into a music-drama exemplifying Wagnerian thought, its introduction to the world, and the reactions and interpretation it elicits.

JAZZ OF PHYSICS: The Secret Link Between Music and the Structure of the Universe

JAZZ OF PHYSICS: The Secret Link Between Music and the Structure of the Universe

By: Alexander, Stephon
$17.99
More Info
A spectacular musical and scientific journey from the Bronx to the cosmic horizon that reveals the astonishing links between jazz, science, Einstein, and Coltrane
More than fifty years ago, John Coltrane drew the twelve musical notes in a circle and connected them by straight lines, forming a five-pointed star. Inspired by Einstein, Coltrane put physics and geometry at the core of his music.

Physicist and jazz musician Stephon Alexander follows suit, using jazz to answer physics' most vexing questions about the past and future of the universe. Following the great minds that first drew the links between music and physics-a list including Pythagoras, Kepler, Newton, Einstein, and Rakim -- The Jazz of Physics reveals that the ancient poetic idea of the Music of the Spheres," taken seriously, clarifies confounding issues in physics.

The Jazz of Physics

will fascinate and inspire anyone interested in the mysteries of our universe, music, and life itself.

JUJU: African Popular Music

JUJU: African Popular Music

By: Waterman, Christopher Alan
$16.95
More Info
Now known internationally through the recordings of King Sunny Ade and others, juju music originated more than fifty years ago among the Yoruba of Nigeria. This history and ethnography of juju is the first detailed account of the evolution and social significance of a West African popular music. Enhanced with maps, color photographs of musicians and dance parties, musical transcriptions, interviews with musicians, and a glossary of Yoruba terms, Juju is an invaluable contribution to scholarship and a boon to fans who want to discover the roots of this vibrant music.
product image

KNOW WHAT I MEAN? REFLECTIONS ON HIP-HOP

By: Dyson, Michael Eric
$15.99
More Info
Whether along race, class, or generational lines, hip-hop music has been a source of controversy since the beats got too big and the voices too loud for the block parties that spawned them. America has condemned and commended this music and the culture that inspires it. Dubbed "the Hip-Hop Intellectual" by critics and fans for his pioneering explorations of rap music in the academy and beyond, Michael Eric Dyson tackles the most compelling and controversial dimensions of hip-hop culture.

Know What I Mean? addresses the creative expression of degraded youth; the vexed gender relations that have made rap music a lightning rod for pundits; the commercial explosion that has made an art form a victim of its success; and the political elements that have been submerged in the most popular form of hip hops.

product image

LET'S MAKE A BETTER WORLD: STORIES AND SONGS BY JANE SAPP

By: Cohen, Cynthia
$29.95
More Info
Jane Sapp is a nationally admired cultural worker, musician, educator, and activist whose approach to social transformation is rooted in African American musical traditions and made available here as a resource for communities around the world. Jane actively engages people in creative cultural processes, writing songs together, telling stories, shaping festivals, and designing museums of local culture. In this volume, Jane tells the story of her childhood, nurtured by the Black community while living in the brutal world of the Jim Crow South. She describes her participation in the Black Power movement and introduces us to mentors who shaped her path to becoming a cultural worker. She shares the songs she has written with young people and has sung with people of all ages. She tells the stories behind each song and offers suggestions for teachers and chorus leaders. This book is an inspiration and an affirmation for cultural workers, activists, artists, and justice-seekers. At the same time, its stories, music scores, and accompanying podcast episodes make it a practical resource for educators, chorus leaders, and others seeking to engage with the power of music, and the arts more generally, as they join with communities to make a better world.
LISTEN: HISTORY OF OUR EARS

LISTEN: HISTORY OF OUR EARS

By: Szendy, Peter
$22.00
More Info

In this intimate meditation on listening, Peter Szendy examines what the role of the listener is, and has been, through the centuries. The role of the composer is clear, as is the role of the musician, but where exactly does the listener stand in relation to the music s/he listens to? What is the responsibility of the listener? Does a listener have any rights, as the author and composer have copyright? Szendy explains his love of musical arrangement (since arrangements allow him to listen to someone listening to music), and wonders whether it is possible in other ways to convey to others how we ourselves listen to music. How can we share our actual hearing with others?

Along the way, he examines the evolution of copyright laws as applied to musical works and takes us into the courtroom to examine different debates on what we are and aren't allowed to listen to, and to witness the fine line between musical borrowing and outright plagiarism. Finally, he examines the recent phenomenon of DJs and digital compilations, and wonders how technology has affected our habits of listening and has changed listening from a passive exercise to an active one, whereby one can jump from track to track or play only selected pieces.

LISTENING FOR AMERICA: INSIDE THE GREAT AMERICAN SONGBOOK FROM GERSHWIN TO SONDHEIM

LISTENING FOR AMERICA: INSIDE THE GREAT AMERICAN SONGBOOK FROM GERSHWIN TO SONDHEIM

By: Kapilow, Rob
$39.95
More Info

Few people in recent memory have dedicated themselves as devotedly to the story of twentieth- century American music as Rob Kapilow, the composer, conductor, and host of the hit NPR music radio program, What Makes It Great? Now, in Listening for America, he turns his keen ear to the Great American Songbook, bringing many of our favorite classics to life through the songs and stories of eight of the twentieth century's most treasured American composers--Kern, Porter, Gershwin, Arlen, Berlin, Rodgers, Bernstein, and Sondheim. Hardly confi ning himself to celebrating what makes these catchy melodies so unforgettable, Kapilow delves deeply into how issues of race, immigration, sexuality, and appropriation intertwine in masterpieces like Show Boat and West Side Story. A book not just about musical theater but about America itself, Listening for America is equally for the devotee, the singer, the music student, or for anyone intrigued by how popular music has shaped the larger culture, and promises to be the ideal gift book for years to come.

LOOK, I MADE A HAT: Collected Lyrics 1981-2011 with Attendant Comments, Amplifications, Dogmas, Harangues, Wafflings, Diversions and Anecdotes

LOOK, I MADE A HAT: Collected Lyrics 1981-2011 with Attendant Comments, Amplifications, Dogmas, Harangues, Wafflings, Diversions and Anecdotes

By: Sondheim, Stephen
$45.00
More Info
Both a remarkable glimpse into the brilliant mind of a living legend, and a continuation of the acclaimed and best-selling Finishing the Hat (named one of the New York Times 10 Best Books of 2010), Stephen Sondheim returns with the second volume of his collected lyrics, Look, I Made a Hat.

Picking up where he left off in Finishing the Hat, Sondheim gives us all the lyrics, along with excluded songs and early drafts, of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Sunday in the Park with George, Into the Woods, Assassins and Passion. Here, too, is an in-depth look at the evolution of Wise Guys, which subsequently was transformed into Bounce and eventually became Road Show. Sondheim takes us through his contributions to both television and film, some of which may surprise you, and covers plenty of never-before-seen material from unproduced projects as well. There are abundant anecdotes about his many collaborations, and readers are treated to rare personal material in this volume, as Sondheim includes songs culled from commissions, parodies and personal special occasions--such as a hilarious song for Leonard Bernstein's seventieth birthday. As he did in the previous volume, Sondheim richly annotates his lyrics with invaluable advice on songwriting, discussions of theater history and the state of the industry today, and exacting dissections of his work, both the successes and the failures.

Filled with even more behind-the-scenes photographs and illustrations from Sondheim's original manuscripts, Look, I Made a Hat is fascinating, devourable and essential reading for any fan of the theater or this great man's work.

LOUDER THAN BOMBS: A LIFE WITH MUSIC, WAR, AND PEACE

LOUDER THAN BOMBS: A LIFE WITH MUSIC, WAR, AND PEACE

By: Vulliamy, Ed
$20.00
More Info
Part memoir, part reportage, Louder Than Bombs is a story of music from the front lines. Ed Vulliamy, a decorated war correspondent and journalist, offers a testimony of his lifelong passion for music. Vulliamy's reporting has taken him around the world to cover the Bosnian war, the fall of the Berlin Wall and collapse of Communism, the Iraq wars of 1991 and 2003 onward, narco violence in Mexico, and more, places where he confronted stories of violence, suffering, and injustice. Through it all, Vulliamy has turned to music not only as a reprieve but also as a means to understand and express the complicated emotions that follow.

Describing the artists, songs, and concerts that most influenced him, Vulliamy brings together the two largest threads of his life--music and war. Louder Than Bombs covers some of the most important musical milestones of the past fifty years, from Jimi Hendrix playing "Machine Gun" at the Isle of Wight Festival in 1970 to the Bataclan in Paris under siege in 2015. Vulliamy was present for many of these historic moments, and with him as our guide, we see them afresh, along the way meeting musicians like B. B. King, Graham Nash, Patti Smith, Daniel Barenboim, Gustavo Dudamel, and Bob Dylan. Vulliamy peppers the book with short vignettes--which he dubs 7" singles--recounting some of his happiest memories from a lifetime with music. Whether he's working as an extra in the Vienna State Opera's production of Aida, buying blues records in Chicago, or drinking coffee with Joan Baez, music is never far from his mind. As Vulliamy discovers, when horror is unspeakable, when words seem to fail us, we can turn to music for expression and comfort, or for rage and pain. Poignant and sensitively told, Louder Than Bombs is an unforgettable record of a life bursting with music.

MAGIC FLUTE FULL SCORE

MAGIC FLUTE FULL SCORE

By: Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus
$16.95
More Info
In May 1791, Mozart's friend Emanuel Schikaneder commissioned "The Magic Flute." In keeping with the popular level of his theater, Schikaneder himself supplied Mozart with the libretto about the rescue of a good fairy's daughter from a wicked magician by a hero armed witha magic flute. After a good deal of the music was written, composer and librettist, both Freemasons, grafting Masonic ideals onto the plot, transformed a simple fairy tale into a moralistic allegory, and a "Singspiel" into one of the world's greatest operas.
MAGIC FLUTE: An Opera in Two Acts English Lyrics Michael Geliot

MAGIC FLUTE: An Opera in Two Acts English Lyrics Michael Geliot

By: Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus
$19.95
More Info
The English National Opera Guides were originally conceived in partnership with the English National Opera and edited by Nicholas John, the ENO's dramaturg, who died tragically in an accident in the Alps. Most of the guides are devoted to a single opera, which is described in detail--with many articles that cover its history and information about the composer and his times. The complete libretto is included in both the original language and in a modern singing translation--except where the opera was written in English. Each has a thematic guide to the most important musical themes in musical notation and each guide is lavishly illustrated. They also contain a bibliography and a discography which is updated at each reprint. The ENO guides are widely regarded as the best series of their kind and excellent value.
MASS IN B MINOR FULL SCORE

MASS IN B MINOR FULL SCORE

By: Bach, Johann Sebastian
$12.95
More Info

The crowning glory of Bach's achievements in sacred music, the Mass in B Minor represents a powerful statement of Christian faith. Composed over more than two decades, this unprecedented work pairs deliberately archaic polyphonic sections with far-sighted modern ones, creating a vast, symmetrical plan of almost theatrical proportions. Scored for five solo voices, chorus, orchestra, and continuo, this towering masterpiece is reprinted here from the authoritative Bach-Gesellschaft edition.
The work appears in full score, with bar-numbered movements and ample margins at the bottom of each song page for notes and analysis. Ideal for study in the classroom, at home, or in the concert hall, this affordable, high-quality, conveniently sized volume will be the edition of choice for music students and music lovers alike.

MASTERPIECES OF SOLO PIANO: BAROQUE ERA

MASTERPIECES OF SOLO PIANO: BAROQUE ERA

By: Telemann, Georg Philipp
$14.95
More Info
This inexpensive compilation draws upon authoritative sources to present favorite piano works of the Baroque era. Unlike many other anthologies of music from the era, which vary widely in the quality of their content, this collection comprises only the greatest works of the period. Intermediate and advanced pianists will find these carefully chosen pieces a rewarding and satisfying reflection of the glories of the Baroque.
Selections include Johann Sebastian Bach's Chromatic Fantasia and Fugue as well as the French Suite No. 5; Fantasia in C Minor, BWV 906; and preludes and fugues from The Well-Tempered Clavier. Other works by Bach include the great composer's transcriptions for keyboard of five violin concertos by Vivaldi, reprinted from the definitive Bach-Gesellschaft edition. Other selections include several pieces by Handel, among them the popular Air and Variations known as The Harmonious Blacksmith; four sonatas by Scarlatti; and works by Telemann, Rameau, and Purcell.
MASTERPIECES OF SOLO PIANO: CLASSICAL ERA

MASTERPIECES OF SOLO PIANO: CLASSICAL ERA

By: Beethoven, Ludwig Van
$14.95
More Info
Reprinted from authoritative sources, the solo piano works in this low-priced compendium focus chiefly on the Classical era. The compilation, unlike many other anthologies of music from the age, features only the greatest works of the era. Suitable for intermediate to advanced pianists, these carefully chosen pieces provide a splendid variety of music from the period.
Selections include several pieces by Joseph Haydn, including the Sonata no. 1 in C Major, Sonata no. 2 in B-flat Major, and Sonata no. 3 in C Major; Mozart's Sonata no. 1 in C Major, K279; Sonata no. 2 in F Major, K280; and other pieces; Tchaikovsky's Romance, Op. 5
and Nocturne, Op. 10, No. 1; and a generous assortment of works by Ludwig van Beethoven, including Sonata no. 8 in C Minor, Op. 13 ("Pathetique") and Rondo a Capriccio, Op. 129 ("Rage over a Lost Penny")
MASTERPIECES OF SOLO PIANO: ROMANTIC ERA

MASTERPIECES OF SOLO PIANO: ROMANTIC ERA

By: Schumann, Robert
$14.95
More Info
Reproduced from authoritative sources, this modestly priced compilation presents favorite piano works of the Romantic era. Unlike many other anthologies of music from the period, which vary widely in the quality of their content, this collection features works of consistent excellence. Intermediate and advanced pianists will find these carefully chosen pieces a splendid representation of Romantic keyboard works.
Selections include Chopin's Ballade No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 23, as well as Fantasie-Impromptu in C-sharp Minor, Op. 66; Two Pieces from Tannhäuser and Lohengrin by Liszt; Rachmaninoff's Polichinelle from Morceaux de Fantaisie, Op. 3, No. 4 ("Punch"), and Sonata No. 1 in D Minor, Op. 28; and Schumann's Variationen über den Namen Abegg, Op. 1, and Studien nach Capricen von Paganini, Op. 3.
MOZART STUDIES OF THE AUTOGRAPH SCORES

MOZART STUDIES OF THE AUTOGRAPH SCORES

By: Tyson, Alan
$14.95
More Info

The results and implications of Alan Tyson's work on Mozart have had a profound impact on virtually every aspect of research on this composer: biography, chronology of compositions, working methods, stylistic analysis. Central, perhaps, are Tyson's discoveries on chronology: time and again he has proved that datings, often of large, well-known works, that have been accepted for generations are not only erroneous but based on little more than speculation. This book assembles his major articles, previously scattered through magazines, journals, and festschrifts, plus two unpublished pieces, into a treasure trove for musicologists and music lovers.

Tyson's investigations, using primarily paper analysis, span Mozart's entire career and the full range of genres--string quartets, operas, choral music, keyboard music, concertos, and symphonies. He goes into the genesis of major works such as Cosi fan tutte, the Prague Symphony, the Piano Sonata K.333, the Haydn quartets, and La clemenza di Tito. His conclusions about chronology bear directly on biographical questions and current accounts of Mozart's stylistic development as well as his compositional methods. We learn here, for example, that the first horn concerto was in fact Mozart's last, and that he did not even complete the second movement, which was finished after his death by his pupil Süssmayr. The writing (and, in some cases, rewriting) of his later operas such as Figaro and Cosi fan tutte also lends itself to investigation by the same techniques; this is resulting in the rediscovery of some lost measures and little-known variant versions of arias. Tyson's style is clear and elegant, and the originality of his work and the soundness of his inferences make this book a pleasure.

product image

MUSIC AND MUSICAL THOUGHT IN EARLY INDIA

By: Rowell, Lewis
$30.00
More Info
Offering a broad perspective of the philosophy, theory, and aesthetics of early Indian music and musical ideology, this study makes a unique contribution to our knowledge of the ancient foundations of India's musical culture. Lewis Rowell reconstructs the tunings, scales, modes, rhythms, gestures, formal patterns, and genres of Indian music from Vedic times to the thirteenth century, presenting not so much a history as a thematic analysis and interpretation of India's magnificent musical heritage.

In Indian culture, music forms an integral part of a broad framework of ideas that includes philosophy, cosmology, religion, literature, and science. Rowell works with the known theoretical treatises and the oral tradition in an effort to place the technical details of musical practice in their full cultural context. Many quotations from the original Sanskrit appear here in English translation for the first time, and the necessary technical information is presented in terms accessible to the nonspecialist. These features, combined with Rowell's glossary of Sanskrit terms and extensive bibliography, make Music and Musical Thought in Early India an excellent introduction for the general reader and an indispensable reference for ethnomusicologists, historical musicologists, music theorists, and Indologists.

MUSIC AND THE MAKING OF MODERN SCIENCE

MUSIC AND THE MAKING OF MODERN SCIENCE

By: Pesic, Peter
$42.00
More Info
A wide-ranging exploration of how music has influenced science through the ages, from fifteenth-century cosmology to twentieth-century string theory.

In the natural science of ancient Greece, music formed the meeting place between numbers and perception; for the next two millennia, Pesic tells us in Music and the Making of Modern Science, "liberal education" connected music with arithmetic, geometry, and astronomy within a fourfold study, the quadrivium. Peter Pesic argues provocatively that music has had a formative effect on the development of modern science--that music has been not just a charming accompaniment to thought but a conceptual force in its own right.

Pesic explores a series of episodes in which music influenced science, moments in which prior developments in music arguably affected subsequent aspects of natural science. He describes encounters between harmony and fifteenth-century cosmological controversies, between musical initiatives and irrational numbers, between vibrating bodies and the emergent electromagnetism. He offers lively accounts of how Newton applied the musical scale to define the colors in the spectrum; how Euler and others applied musical ideas to develop the wave theory of light; and how a harmonium prepared Max Planck to find a quantum theory that reengaged the mathematics of vibration. Taken together, these cases document the peculiar power of music--its autonomous force as a stream of experience, capable of stimulating insights different from those mediated by the verbal and the visual. An innovative e-book edition available for iOS devices will allow sound examples to be played by a touch and shows the score in a moving line.

MUSIC, SENSE AND NONSENSE: COLLECTED ESSAYS AND LECTURES

MUSIC, SENSE AND NONSENSE: COLLECTED ESSAYS AND LECTURES

By: Brendel, Alfred
$19.95
More Info
The definitive collection of A lfred Brendel 's award-winning writings and es- says, Music, Sense and Nonsense combines all his work originally published in his two classic books, Musical Thoughts and Afterthoughts and Music Sounded Out, along with significant new material on a lifetime of recording, perfor- mance habits, and reflections on life and art. As well as providing stimulating reading, this new edition provides a unique insight into the exceptional mind of one of the most outstanding musicians of the twentieth centur y.
MUSICAL REPRESENTATION: Meaning, Ontology, and Emotion

MUSICAL REPRESENTATION: Meaning, Ontology, and Emotion

By: Nussbaum, Charles O
$20.00
More Info

A naturalistic philosophical theory of musical representation that argues that important varieties of experience afforded by Western tonal art music since 1650 arise through the feeling of tone, the sense of movement in musical space, cognition, emotional arousal, and the engagement, by way of specific emotional responses, of deeply rooted human ideals.

How human musical experience emerges from the audition of organized tones is a riddle of long standing. In The Musical Representation, Charles Nussbaum offers a philosophical naturalist's solution. Nussbaum founds his naturalistic theory of musical representation on the collusion between the physics of sound and the organization of the human mind-brain. He argues that important varieties of experience afforded by Western tonal art music since 1650 arise through the feeling of tone, the sense of movement in musical space, cognition, emotional arousal, and the engagement, by way of specific emotional responses, of deeply rooted human ideals.

Construing the art music of the modern West as representational, as a symbolic system that carries extramusical content, Nussbaum attempts to make normative principles of musical representation explicit and bring them into reflective equilibrium with the intuitions of competent listeners. The human mind-brain, writes Nussbaum, is a living record of its evolutionary history; relatively recent cognitive acquisitions derive from older representational functions of which we are hardly aware. Consideration of musical art can help bring to light the more ancient cognitive functions that underlie modern human cognition.

MUSIMATHICS 1

MUSIMATHICS 1

By: Loy, Gareth
$44.00
More Info
A commonsense, self-contained introduction to the mathematics and physics of music; essential reading for musicians, music engineers, and anyone interested in the intersection of art and science.

"Mathematics can be as effortless as humming a tune, if you know the tune," writes Gareth Loy. In Musimathics, Loy teaches us the tune, providing a friendly and spirited tour of the mathematics of music--a commonsense, self-contained introduction for the nonspecialist reader. It is designed for musicians who find their art increasingly mediated by technology, and for anyone who is interested in the intersection of art and science.

In Volume 1, Loy presents the materials of music (notes, intervals, and scales); the physical properties of music (frequency, amplitude, duration, and timbre); the perception of music and sound (how we hear); and music composition. Calling himself "a composer seduced into mathematics," Loy provides answers to foundational questions about the mathematics of music accessibly yet rigorously. The examples given are all practical problems in music and audio.

Additional material can be found at http: //www.musimathics.com.

MUSIMATHICS 2

MUSIMATHICS 2

By: Loy, Gareth
$44.00
More Info
The second volume of a commonsense, self-contained introduction to the mathematics and physics of music, focusing on the digital and computational domain; essential reading for musicians, music engineers, and anyone interested in the intersection of art and science.

Volume 2 of Musimathics continues the story of music engineering begun in Volume 1, focusing on the digital and computational domain. Loy goes deeper into the mathematics of music and sound, beginning with digital audio, sampling, and binary numbers, as well as complex numbers and how they simplify representation of musical signals. Chapters cover the Fourier transform, convolution, filtering, resonance, the wave equation, acoustical systems, sound synthesis, the short-time Fourier transform, and the wavelet transform. These subjects provide the theoretical underpinnings of today's music technology. The examples given are all practical problems in music and audio.

Additional material can be found at http: //www.musimathics.com.