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Book Title: Music and the Mind|
The author of the book: Anthony Storr
Edition: Free Press
The size of the: 19.15 MB
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Date of issue: May 19th 2015
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This is a splendid book on music! It's not often that I read a non-fiction book from start to finish without reading some good fiction in between, but that was the case with this book; maybe because I am myself a musician and so the topic speaks to me directly, but also because the book is very well written.
True, one can criticize the book on three accounts.
First, the author should have connected the philosophical writings in the latter half of the book more with his knowledge in psychology. The book maybe tries to be too broad, but this didn't bother me too much since I found that the book nevertheless made me want to read more on the different topics.
Second, the book is largely built around quotes from different other thinkers. I would have liked to read more of Storr's own views, but on the other hand, the quotes are often interesting and they made me want to read some of the books from which Storr found them.
Third, although Storr dismisses the claim that Western music is somehow "better" than other kinds of music, the latter part of the book almost solely focuses on Western thinkers and composers. Still, I'm not troubled by this fact. Storr grew up in Europe; it follows that his expertise is best when it comes to Western music. This doesn't mean that you couldn't transfer the theoretical aspects of the book to doing research on music from other parts of the world.
So, bottom line, even though this book is by no means a exhaustive work in the field of music psychology and music philosophy (it is, in fact, rather light), what makes it so good is the way in which it explains so much current thought on the topic in a really accessible and readable way. For me, it worked perfect as an introduction to more difficult works. Truly great!
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Read information about the authorAnthony Storr was an English psychiatrist and author. He was a child who was to endure the typical trauma of early 20th century UK boarding schools. He was educated at Winchester, Christ's College, the University of Cambridge and Westminster Hospital. He qualified as a doctor in 1944, and subsequently specialized in psychiatry.
Storr grew up to be kind and insightful, yet, as his obituary states, he was "no stranger to suffering" and was himself allegedly prone to the frequent bouts of depression his mother had.
Today, Anthony Storr is known for his psychoanalytical portraits of historical figures.
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