- Tapa dura: 272 páginas
- Editor: Chatto & Windus; Edición: MusicTV Tie-in (24 de febrero de 2000)
- Idioma: Inglés
- ISBN-10: 070116932X
- ISBN-13: 978-0701169329
- Valoración media de los clientes: 1 opinión de cliente
- Clasificación en los más vendidos de Amazon: nº311.501 en Libros en idiomas extranjeros (Ver el Top 100 en Libros en idiomas extranjeros)
Big Bangs: Five Musical Revolutions (Inglés) Tapa dura – 24 feb 2000
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"Goodall has a prodigious gift for gathering information. People who know nothing about music will learn a lot here."-- "Sunday Tribune "From the Trade Paperback edition.
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In this work the author guides the reader through five developments in the history of western music; starting with the invention of notation by an 11th century Italian monk, taking in the invention of equal temperament (the gaps between notes), the invention of the piano and that of opera and ending with the story of the first recording made in history - "Mary Had a Little Lamb" by Thomas Edison. The author aims to make these complicated musical advances both clear to the layman and interesting, as well as offering a sense of culture of trial and error and competition, be it in 11th century Italy or 19th century America, in which all progress takes place. Musical history is littered with also-rans - not least the Lyraflugel and the Enphonicon Harp-piano - so each "big bang" is chosen on the grounds that music was never the same after its invention, allowing this biography of 1000 years' endeavour to offer a window on the crucial moments in our musical culture - discoveries that made possible everything from Bach to the Beatles.
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I enjoyed especially the beginning with its elegant language and its grand scheme how music came to work. Sample this: These dreamers thought up music that couldn't possibly have been conceived by spontaneous playing; what's more they were able to construct forms and structures for long pieces of music that were way beyond the capabilities of a normal person's short-term memory. Notation paved the way for great feats of musical architecture.
Or this: Sacred plainsong, with its attendant frescoes and Romanesque temples, is the only thing that says to them `This is Us and not the Byzantine East, This is Us and not the Muslim South, This is Us and not the Barbarian North. We haven't the libraries and learning of Islam, nor the opulent sophistication of the Empire that fans out from Constantinople, all we have that is truly ours is this tentative and haunting song.'
Or this: Rhythm is the part of music that interacts most immediately and spontaneously with our bodies. Without it, music would be pleasant enough, but it would be brain food. With rhythm, though, music becomes hypnotic and sensuous.
At all points well-researched info is woven into a fine narrative. I was also taken by the emphasis, towards the end, on bass. I had not realized how much popular music is based on it.
You can also google for the BBC series on youtube and have the book ready as a support for staying on the important issues.
This is surely one of the more interesting contemporary books on the history of music with a broad base. Lawrence Kramer's focuses on Classical music.