THE LANGUAGE OF MUSIC. By Deryck Cooke. O. U. P., Lo. , pp., $4. The author of this book did not have to hunt for a topic on which. This important and controversial book has come to be regarded as a modern classic. Originally published in , it has exerted a profound influence on all. Deryck Cooke. Oxford University Press, – Music – pages The Language of Music: Or, Musical Expression and Characterization ยท Frederick Nicholls.

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References to this book The musical mind: Sloboda No preview available – Highly recommended to anyone trying to understand how music works.

The Language of Music – Deryck Cooke – Oxford University Press

He supports this view with hundreds of musical examples, ranging from plainsong to Stravinsky, and contends that music is a language in the specific sense that we can identify idioms and draw up a list of meanings.

His writing is crystal clear, his reasoning is well thought out, and his presentation is both entertaining and heartfelt.

Darrin Clutteur marked it as to-read Jun 12, I wish I had known about this book a few years ago when I was obsessed on defining the moods of certain chord sequences! The book does not provide any hint to analyze the expression of complex emotions that are contained in good radical modern music.

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It’s therefore a little hard to accept his collections of musically emotive examples as altogether valid, though they are impressive enough. English Choose a language for shopping.

He supports this view with numerous musical examples, varying from plainsong to Stravinsky. Mark marked it as to-read Apr 28, My library Help Advanced Book Search.


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Its thesis is that the fundamental characteristic of music is the expression and evocation of emotion. Beethoven Second Edition William Kinderman. Music at Hand Jonathan De Souza. Kris marked it as to-read Oct 27, When the book was first suggested to me, based on theme, I was expecting something “wishy washy” and not too keen on it, but for some reason I decided to give it a go, since it touches on one of my areas of reasearch. A well written and comprehensive view of the Harmonic predictability of tonal resolution.

I happened upon a copy in a used book store and it immediately grabbed my attention. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

Cooke closes the book with extended analysis of Mozart’s Fortieth and Vaughan-Williams’ Sixth symphonies, showing how all the individual elements discussed previously come together in a fully realized work.

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The Language of Music: Dave Hatton rated it liked it Oct 15, Chelsea marked it as to-read Jan 03, Trivia About The Language deeryck M The book’s final section analyzes two symphonies, Mozart’s Fortieth and Vaughan Williams’s Sixth, to explore the nature of musical inspiration and the process whereby languae notes actually convey emotion from composer to listener.

David rated it really liked it Mar 01, This is the guy that orchestrated Mahler’s Tenth, after all. Robert Lamb rated it it was amazing Oct 27, For those who love Vaughan Williams’s atypical but emotionally shattering Sixth Symphony, Cooke’s analysis is worth the price of the entire book. And since Cooke only uses about four or five examples to “prove” each point, the possibility of these being the lucky five examples with multiple exceptions makes me skeptical.


He provides copious examples showing this to be the case, languzge meticulous attention given to all basic aspects of music: Published March 8th by Clarendon Press first published December 31st Cooke argues that Western mostly classical music is truly a language, but one that speaks to the emotions and not to the deruck.

While it’s definitely a shame that so little has been done to develop the ideas in this book since lnaguage was written and so many have attacked his basic premise, unjustly in my opinionit’s interesting to see scientific studies confirming some of what Cooke describes, for example the universality of certain musical characteristics. How Music Plays the Mind. Review “One of the most important publications of post-war English musicography Write a customer review. Jon rated it liked it Aug 05, Haruka marked it as to-read Aug 07, Derycck must for students of musical philosophy.

Kusic acknowledging that a ‘dictionary’ of the language of music cannot easily be provided, he attempts to supply what could at least be regarded as a ‘phrase book’.

Judith rated it it was amazing Nov 02, There was a problem filtering reviews right now. The author mostly concentrates in premodern music although also gives examples by Bartok, Stravinsky and even Schoenberg he humbly realizes in the Preface that his theory does not generally apply to twelve tone and atonal music even when he declares to admire also that music.