How Music Works: The Science and Psychology of Beautiful Sounds, from Beethoven to the Beatles and Beyond [With CD (Audio)]

John Powell (Author)
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Product Details

Price
$16.99  $15.63
Publisher
Little Brown and Company
Publish Date
December 02, 2011
Pages
264
Dimensions
5.84 X 0.73 X 8.54 inches | 0.58 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9780316098311

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About the Author

Scientist and musician John Powell holds a PhD in physics from Imperial College (London University) and a Master's degree in music from the university of Sheffield (UK). He is the author of How Music Works.

Reviews

"By reading Powell's book we can gain a more solid knowledge of the foundations of music and therefore be better able to appreciate it."--Amanda Mark, New York Journal of Books
"Any readers whose love of music has somehow not led them to explore the technical side before will surely find the result a thoroughly accessible, and occasionally revelatory, primer."--James Walton, The Spectator
"An exceptionally informative discussion of the hows and whys of music...The presentation is clear and logical-even for a layman like myself. Yet it is never pandering, or overly simplified. In short, this is just about the best book on the subject I have come across."--Greg Barbrick, Seattle-Post Intelligencer
"In this distinctive combination of scientific treatise and laugh-out-loud commentary, composer and physicist Powell...has carved out an intriguing niche by using humor to enliven what could have been an otherwise dry introduction to acoustics...readers ... should glean some useful background for music study while simultaneously being entertained."--Barry Zaslow, Library Journal
"The author...uses easy-to-follow, conversational language to lead the reader into the science of music...It is amazing that after a few hours of Powell's explanations, a musical novice (like me) can begin to read music, which is written in a language that is as foreign to most of us as Sanskrit."--Phillip Manning, Science Book News