What is music for? How does it work? What does it represent? What does it mean? In this brilliant and thought-provoking book which is w available in paperback, Robin Maconie examines these fundamental questions matching musical tradition and scientific kwledge to produce answers which are often unexpected, frequently inspired, and invariably illuminating. Drawing on a wealth of evidence from the history of ideas, literature, and the arts, to classical physics and computer science, he argues with passion and humour for a fundamental reapprasial of music, t as mere entertainment, but as a medium of significant thought whose influence on the development of Western society has been profound.
Composer and writer on music. Author of The Works of Karlheinz Stockhausen (OUP, 1990)