How Music Can Make You Better (Hardcover)

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How Music Can Make You Better (Hardcover)

"This brilliant little book is clear, lucid, and easy to read. It is packed with fascinating information that I didn't know... I shall give it to lots of friends." —Jonathan Lynn, comedy legend

A fascinating field guide from neuroscientist and opera singer Indre Viskontas that investigates what music is and how it can change us for the better—from deep in our neurons to across our entire society. Learn how certain songs carry us through a tough workout, comfort us after a breakup, or unite 50,000 diverse fans. A vibrant and smart gift for any audiophile—hip-hop fans, classically trained pianists, or vinyl collectors—readers will think about their favorite songs in a whole new way by the end of this book.

- Find out how your mind transforms sounds into human experiences
- Discover how music connects us, heals us, and changes us for the better
- Learn from renowned musicians, neuroscientists, and authors

About the Author
Indre Viskontas, PhD, is the creative director of the Pasadena Opera, host of the podcasts Cadence and Inquiring Minds, and a professor at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. She lives San Francisco.

  • Series: The HOW Series
  • Hardcover: 120 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books (April 2, 2019)
  • Language: English
  • Product Dimensions: 4.8 x 0.4 x 7.4 inches


 

History

Music Notes

Most Western music is based on a system of notation that evolved around 1600 out of earlier practices. The starting point for any opera is the full score, which contains all individual voices and instruments arranged in a specific order on the page. The written music—representing the sounds a composer creates in his head—then comes to life performed by singers onstage and played by the orchestra.

 

 

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