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THE ORIGIN OF MUSIC -- AN ESSAY
75 pp. illus., index + appendices & updates. Softcover, 5x8
$19.oo U.S. postpaid
Written in plain english.
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CONTENTS
Same as in the larger library version of The Origin of Music described below, except there is far less detail regarding the number of examples, confirmation quotations from history, archaeology, anthropology, polemics, and discussion and review of older or contradictory viewpoints. Also, detail about a large number of various ancient, historic and national musical scales and analysis of historical methods of tunings is also reduced. However, the broad fundamental concepts, explanations and conclusions, along with a modest number of examples, is retained.
Despite the scholarly nature of the subject, book requires virtually no previous musical knowledge. (See on-line summary of natural influences bringing do re mi scale into existence.)
 

REVIEWS of ORIGIN of MUSIC at bottom


Updated Mar 2003-- Two New Books on Music Origins & Music Archaeology

(Click here: REQUEST FOR HELP FROM VISITORS & READERS about NEANDERTHAL FLUTE ESSAY)


THE ORIGIN OF MUSIC
Ltd edition (100 copies). 6 x 9. Hand-tooled gold & black hardcover
292 pp., illus., index, with updates and appendices.
$95.oo U.S. postpaid (Public or University Libraries only)
To our knowledge, the only full-length work on the subject (prior to 2000).
(For publicly available book, see Origin of Music--an Essay, above.
 
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As the title indicates, the evidence is reviewed to re-construct the processes that brought music into existence. What is unique is the interdisiplinary approach. Evidence used is garnered from a large variety of subjects: Archeology, biology, psychology, anthropology, ethno-musicology, physics, acoustics, physiology, as well as history and from social processes outside the arts (such as religion and economics). This both frees the subject from a narrow approach, and also, as a seeming contradiction, delimits the choices for drawing conclusions from the broad mass of evidence. As any conclusions must also square with established facts and findings in all the other disciplines, the possible conclusions are narrowed down and gain confirmation.

Actually, it is like an exciting detective mystery: The clues are the evidence, and the gaps and contradictions of views and facts are the alibis that must be checked with other sources outside the musicology field. In this inter-active manner, the pieces fall together and outline or "play back" the tune we wish to hear about how music began. But unlike a mystery thriller, this story is authored by no mere mortal, who is subject to the temptations of using literary conveniences, able to overlook the odd piece that doesn't "fit," hoping the reader won't notice. This story is authored by reality itself, and can have no flaw in logic or detail; no literary device used to escape any puzzling questions.

And as we play back this re-construction of the deed, we are increasingly struck with awe at the perfect interlocking and inescapable unity, with nary a loose end, that permeates through all of nature. And when, after the book was written, all the new archeological finds and psychological studies serve to confirm the thesis of the book, we are amazed at how increasingly relevant the book has become to the subject of the origin of music.

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or "The role of counterpoint in the origin of harmony"
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REVIEWS

"To say we are intrigued is an understatement."
-- T. C. Fry, president, N.Y. Musical Heritage Society
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"...obviously a searching study..."
-- Henry Pleasants, author: Serious Music & All That Jazz; The Agony of Modern Music; and internationally reknowned critic. London UK
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"I certainly do like and am profiting from Origin."
-- Prof. Anne D. Kilmer, head of Dept. of Assyriology, Univ. of Calif., Berkeley
and who deciphered the world's oldest song (4,000 years old).
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"Since it (The Origin of Music -- An Essay) has been added to our collection, the book has sparked considerable interest on our patrons. Thank you...."
-- Jean Morrow, director of Libraries, New England Conservatory
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"Your book has really done it...as far as bringing order to chaos goes. I express my appreciation for having had the iron filings of my brain tissue aligned by your 'magnetic' logic."
--J. A. Luedke, Jr. Mass., USA
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"I think that this remarkable book could become a classic if given the exposure it deserves...."
-- Ron Brown, assist. editor, Jazz Journal, London UK
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"...had my interest whetted regarding your book (Origin of Music) as both the subject matter and...approach to it remarkably coincide with concerns...of my own"
-- M. Schulman, Music editor, Performing Arts in Canada, Toronto
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