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Published: 28 November 2002

376 Pages | numerous figures and music examples

232x154mm

ISBN: 9780195140231


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Conceptualizing Music

Cognitive Structure, Theory, and Analysis

Lawrence M. Zbikowski

AMS Studies in Music

  • First application of research in cognitive science to the sort of problems with which music theorists and other humanistic scholars of music are usually engaged
  • Expands discussion of the "Mozart effect" by proposing that understanding music employs basic cognitive processes that humans use in a wide variety of domains. Music - and not just that by Mozart - both exploits and challenges these processes, and the consequent enrichment of both the means and substance of human understanding is one of the reasons for music's enduring value
  • Reinterprets the intuition that 'music is a language' with the proposal that both music and language rely on the same basic cognitive processes, and that these processes are additionally used throughout human understanding. Chapter 3 in particular shows similarities between the musical insights of a quite average eight year old boy and those of two of the most respected music theorists of the past two hundred and fifty years
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