The Nature of Music

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The Nature of Music by Maureen McCarthy Draper
Paperback $17.00

Nov 01, 2001 | 240 Pages

  • Paperback $17.00

    Nov 01, 2001 | 240 Pages

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“Draper’s love for music is contagious. She provides a useful set of listening exercises, or music breaks, at the end of each chapter, as well as an extensive ‘listening bibliography’ for enhancing every aspect of life, from work to sex.”—Publishers Weekly

“A lovely, lyrical, elegantly useful guide for all of us, healthy or ill, who want to reap full benefit from the wonderful world of music.”—Barrie R. Cassileth, Ph.D., Chief, Integrative Medicine Service, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center

“Mystics say that we are music, and poems are rough notations for that music. This book will send you back to the music you love.”—Coleman Barks, poet and translator of The Essential Rumi

Table Of Contents

The Nature of MusicIntroduction
One: The Heart of Listening
Music and the Arts
The Language of Music
Listening to Music, Listening to Yourself
The Physical Power of Music

Two: Hearing the Design
Thematic Seeds
Circular Forms
The Enduring Power of the Mass
Yesterday’s Dissonance Is Today’s Consonance

Three: The Education of Feeling
Ways of Listening
Tonality: The Homing Instinct

Four: When You Are the Music
Your Unlived Life
Bach: The Passionate Mind
Beethoven: A Guide to Spiritual Evolution
Praise and Prayer

Five: Singing Your Own Song
Toning, Singing Bowls, and Chant
Strike the Harp or Join the Chorus

Six: The Alchemy of Music
Composing Your Life
A Musical Day

Seven: The Healing Power of Music
Anger, Catharsis and Transformation
How Music Heals
Music for the Hospital

Eight: Dreaming and Dancing
Dreaming by Day
Dancing in the Dark

Nine: The Inner Garden
The Education of the Heart
Schumann and Brahms: Eros and the Artist
The Garden of Love
Mozart: The Divine Child

Sound Journey: A Listening Bibliography
Musical Terms
About Companion CDs

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