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Music As A Language Lectures To Music Students

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This collection of literature attempts to compile many of the classic works that have stood the test of time and offer them at a reduced, affordable price, in an attractive volume so that everyone can enjoy them.


Rotten, Mouldy, Music

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In the Mouldy Series of books for humorous children, Ant, his bossy sister Emma who calls herself M For Madwoman and his pesky little brother, Old Dan, learn to get along with one another. This is what Ant has to say about the book "Rotten, Mouldy, Music": - "My big sister Emma's studying 'Enterprise'. No one knows what enterprise is or where you can get some. They told her at Enterprise that adults choose the books children have got to read. Em says that's our problem: we need to sell this book to the adults who buy the books kids have got to like. The first rule of Enterprise is that I have to tell you I wasn't always this successful and I used to live on a trailer park. I asked Em if we ever lived in any kind of park, but she says to skip that part and she told me that I'm not successful at anything. Next I have to say what your problem is and how this book will solve your problem. So, your problem is, this is the book you need to buy but you don't know it yet. You can solve your problem by buying this book. The benefits are, you are going to learn a lot of neat things, like how to spell important words that don't exist and how to spell stupid words that the Guvermnt says we've got to learn, like 'anchor', which is a word no one ever uses. A boy in my class at school, called Daniel Withers, says that's where he disagrees with the Guvermnt. Yes Emma, he said it just like that. He said, "That's where I disagree with the Guvermnt." No, Em, I don't know how he spells it, but he said we should have to learn very useful words, like, however it is you spell 'Guvermnt' and how to spell 'thingy'. Bonus Material Now I have to give you what Em calls, "YOUR FREE BONUS." This is very important new stuff I don't normally tell anyone. In America you say that horrible things are moldy. You say to your mom, "Mom, this music is moldy." But as soon as you get off the aeroplane in London, you've got to start calling her Mum and say mouldy. Then, driving along, you can't say, "I'm super excited to be on this black top highway!" Say instead, "How jolly interesting to drive on a motorway and notice an anchor in the central reservation." So that's the benefits for adults. Now what about kids? Well kids, you are going to learn about sibling rivalry. (That's me and Dan versus Emma.) Then you will read about siblings without rivalry. (That's me and Dan versus Emma.) Obviously, it's also about families, because we've got to include my Mum, Mom, mother, who is the anchor of our family." What all this means is, you need to buy the book.


The Memetics Of Music

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Richard Dawkins's formulation of the meme concept in his 1976 classic The Selfish Gene has inspired three decades of work in what many see as the burgeoning science of memetics. Its underpinning theory proposes that human culture is composed of a multitude of particulate units, memes, which are analogous to the genes of biological transmission. These cultural replicators are transmitted by imitation between members of a community and are subject to mutational-evolutionary pressures over time. Despite Dawkins and several others using music in their exemplifications of what might constitute a meme, these formulations have generally been quite rudimentary, even na¯ve. This study is the first musicologically-orientated attempt systematically to apply the theory of memetics to music. In contrast to the two points of view normally adopted in music theory and analysis â" namely those of the listener and the composer â" the purpose of this book is to argue for a distinct and illuminating third perspective. This point of view is metaphorical and anthropomorphic, and the metaphor is challenging and controversial, but the way of thinking adopted has its basis in well-founded scientific principles and it is capable of generating insights not available from the first two standpoints. The perspective is that of the (selfish) replicated musical pattern itself, and adopting it is central to memetics. The approach taken is both theoretical and analytical. Starting with a discussion of evolutionary thinking within musicology, Jan goes on to cover the theoretical aspects of the memetics of music, ranging from quite abstract philosophical speculation to detailed consideration of what actually constitutes a meme in music. In doing so, Jan draws upon several approaches current in music theory, including Schenkerism and Narmour's implication-realization model. To demonstrate the practical utility of the memetic perspective, Chapter 6 applies it analytically, tracing the transmission of tetrachordal memes in string quartets of Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven using computer resources. The book concludes with a consideration of the broader significance of memetics for understanding the interplay between (human) nature and (musical) culture. In all, the book is a tour de force for the wider implications of memetics for music.



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