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The Western Ontario Series in Philosophy of Science

Quantifying Music

The Science of Music at the First Stage of Scientific Revolution 1580–1650

Authors: Cohen, H.F.

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The soul rejoices in perceiving harmonious sound; when the sound is not harmonious it is grieved. From these affects of the soul are derived the name of consonances for the harmonic proportions, and the name of dissonances for the unharmonic proportions. When to this is added the other harmonie proportion whieh consists of the longer or shorter duration of musical sound, then the soul stirs the body to jumping dance, the tongue to inspired speech, according to the same laws. The artisans accommodate to these harmonies the blows of their hammers, the soldiers their pace. As long as the harmonies endure, everything is alive; everything stiffens, when they are disturbed.! Thus the German astronomer, Johannes Kepler, evokes the power of music. Where does this power come from? What properties of music enable it to stir up emotions which may go far beyond just feeling generally pleased, and which may express themselves, for instance, in weeping; in laughing; in trembling over the whole body; in a marked acceleration of breathing and heartbeat; in participating in the rhythm with the head, the hands, the arms, and the feet? From the beginning of musical theory the answer to this question has been sought in two different directions.

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`Quantifying Music appears to represent a high level of scholarship. THe author used entirely original sources and there are 35 pages of dense bibliographical notes in seven languages plus archaic versions thereof.'
Journal of the Acousticsl Society of America (1986)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Quantifying Music
Book Subtitle
The Science of Music at the First Stage of Scientific Revolution 1580–1650
Authors
Series Title
The Western Ontario Series in Philosophy of Science
Series Volume
23
Copyright
1984
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht
eBook ISBN
978-94-015-7686-4
DOI
10.1007/978-94-015-7686-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-90-277-1637-8
Softcover ISBN
978-90-481-8388-3
Series ISSN
1566-659X
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVII, 308
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