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The Resource Beethoven's anvil : music in mind and culture, William L. Benzon

Beethoven's anvil : music in mind and culture, William L. Benzon

Label
Beethoven's anvil : music in mind and culture
Title
Beethoven's anvil
Title remainder
music in mind and culture
Statement of responsibility
William L. Benzon
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"Beethoven's Anvil takes us inside modern and ancient performances and rituals to show how the musical linking of brains explains things we commonly (and not-so-commonly) experience. Benzon shows us a rehearsal where mysterious tones that no one is playing seem to emerge from the ceiling, but only when the musicians feel they are in a groove. Everyone present hears these tones - but are they an acoustic phenomenon or a mental one? He explores how Leonard Bernstein knew he'd given a good performance when, after it was over, he felt he hadn't just performed a piece but written it; and how performers as different as Earl "Fatha" Hines and Vladimir Horowitz felt they stopped being human onstage but became something like racehorses. Benzon uses remarkable insights from brain science and anthropology to investigate musical styles ranging from Gregorian chant to hip-hop; discovers a children's song in a Louis Armstrong solo and finds that it may date to before the Crusades; explains rock music's merging of African and European musical forms in evolutionary terms; and reveals the similarity between decision-making in a baboon troop and the final movement of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony." "Beethoven's Anvil is a book about a profound influence shaping human minds and cultures. Both daring and impeccably scholarly, it offers a sweeping new vision of a vital, familiar and yet poorly understood force in our lives."--BOOK JACKET
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Benzon, William
Dewey number
781/.11
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
ML3830
LC item number
.B35 2001
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Music
  • Music
Label
Beethoven's anvil : music in mind and culture, William L. Benzon
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 301-324) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
47120390
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xvi, 336 pages
Isbn
9780465015436
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
2001037509
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
Label
Beethoven's anvil : music in mind and culture, William L. Benzon
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 301-324) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
47120390
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xvi, 336 pages
Isbn
9780465015436
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
2001037509
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations

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