Music and the Mind

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"Writing with grace and clarity…he touches on everything from the evolution of the Western tonal system, to the Freudian theory of music as infantile escapism, to the differing roles o the right and left brain in perceiving music."
WALL STREET JOURNAL
Drawing on his own life long passion for music and synthesizing the theories of Plato, Schopenhauer, Stravinsky, Nietzsche, Bartok, and others, distinguished author and psychologist Anthony Storr illuminates music's deep beauty and timeless truth and why and how music is one of the fundamental activities of mankind.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books; Reprint edition (October 19, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345383184
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345383181
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.5 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces

Customer Reviews

Lots of surprises in Storr – dissonance resolved

6 people found this helpful.
 on October 1, 2014
By Anti-Climaticus
Coming from a social and psychological perspective, for me Storr’s opening insight in this book begins with a discussion of the social origins of music and the place music had in specific cultures. Citing, as an example, Australian Aboriginals, he notes that music was used to store and pass on knowledge that was critical to survival. He notes that early music also served a collective function where music expressed ‘the structure of their knowledge and social relations’ (19). As well music served as a form of shared identification – they’re playing our song – themes, anthems, war crys and so on. From the outset Storr draws on a diversity of material to make his point and the illustrations used in this opening chapter evidence the work that has gone into writing this book. It is also this detail that is such a delight for the reader to take in and it is really difficult to rely the pleasantness of this red without recounting each and all of the stories he recounts. And as such why for me this is a difficult review to write in a manner that captures what Storr offers here.

The second of the 2 best books on music and learning

 on December 8, 2014
By Harold Seckinger
The second of the 2 best books on music and learning. “The gift of music is the most enlarging development of the mind since the beginning of learning.” Harold Seckinger, President of the Citrus Youth Educational Symphonic Orchestra.

Five Stars

One person found this helpful.
 on May 12, 2015
By Sok
Great book about music and humanity, culture and history

Five Stars

 on January 4, 2017
By chung hsieh
Excellent!

Five Stars

 on October 17, 2016
By Waston Library
Good shape.

Five Stars

 on September 11, 2016
By Timothy S Kelley
COOL BEANS!!!

Five Stars

 on November 4, 2016
By ajg
Excellent !

Five Stars

 on January 27, 2016
By Valentina Fortibuoni
Proprio quello che cercavo.

Soo in-depth

2 people found this helpful.
 on October 11, 2011
By M. Craig
My husband is a music freak! I bought him this book and he couldn’t put it down. I read several chapters myself and liked it very much although it was little too technical and detailed for me – a music buff will love it!

ITS LIKE BRAND NEW !

One person found this helpful.
 on October 28, 2013
By jamie
IT WAS IN VERY GOOD CONDITION! HE COULD OF LISTED IT AS BRAND NEW, THERE WAS SO WEARS OR TEARS. I AM VERY SATISFIED WITH MY PURCHASE !

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