Why do people attach importance to the wordless language we call
music? Musical Cognition suggests that music is a game. In music,
our cognitive functions such as perception, memory, attention, and
expectation are challenged; yet, as listeners, we often do not
realize that the listener plays an active role in reaching the
awareness that makes music so exhilarating, soothing, and
inspiring. In reality, the author contends, listening does not
happen in the outer world of audible sound, but in the inner world
of our minds and brains.
Recent research in the areas of psychology and neuro-cognition
allows Henkjan Honing to be explicit in a way that many of his
predecessors could not. His lucid, evocative writing style guides
the reader through what is known about listening to music while
avoiding jargon and technical diagrams. With clear examples, the
book concentrates on underappreciated musical skills--"sense of
rhythm" and "relative pitch"--skills that make people musical
creatures. Research on how living creatures respond to music
supports the conviction that all humans have a unique, instinctive
attraction to music. Everyone is musical.
Musical Cognition includes a selection of intriguing examples
from recent literature exploring the role that an implicit or
explicit knowledge of music plays when one listens to it. The scope
of the topics discussed ranges from the ability of newborns to
perceive a beat, to the unexpected musical expertise of ordinary
listeners. The evidence shows that music is second nature to most
human beings--biologically and socially. This paperback edition
contains a new afterword that details cutting-edge research on
musicality and language.
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