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The music instinct : how music works and why we can't do without it

Ball, Philip, 1962-2011
London : Vintage, 2011.
vi, 452 p. : ill., music ; 20 cm.
Originally published: London : Bodley Head, 2010.Includes bibliographical references (p. [425]-442) and index.
Machine generated contents note: 1.Prelude: The Harmonious Universe -- An Introduction -- 2.Overture: Why We Sing -- What is music and where does it come from? -- 3.Staccato: The Atoms of Music -- What are musical notes and how do we decide which to use? -- 4.Andante: What's In a Tune? -- Do melodies follow rules, and if so, which? -- 5.Legato: Keeping It Together -- How do we decode the sound? -- 6.Tutti: All Together Now -- How do we use more than one note at a time? -- 7.Con Moto: Slave to the Rhythm -- What gives music its pulse? -- 8.Pizzicato: The Colour of Music -- Why do instruments sound different, and how does that affect the music? -- 9.Misterioso: All In the Mind -- Which bits of the brain do we use for music? -- 10.Appassionato: Light My Fire -- How does music convey and elicit emotion? -- 11.Capriccioso: Going In and Out of Style -- What are musical styles? Is music about notes, or patterns, or textures? -- 12.Parlando: Why Music Talks to Us --Contents note continued: Is music a language? Or is it closer to the non-verbal arts? -- 13.Serioso: The Meaning of Music -- What are composers and musicians trying to say? Can music in itself say anything at all?.
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