Why You Like It: the science and culture of musical taste by Nolan Gasser

Tue, 09/10/2019 - 10:21am -- JGranatino

Why do we like particular kinds of music? Why is music so richly resonant for us? Dr. Glasser, a musicologist, pianist, and composer, explores these questions from many angles – our earliest attractions to rhythm, how music impacts our brains and our emotions. He helps us to discover our musical “genotype,” or responses to particular types of music. Analyzing samples of different musical genres and introducing some music theory, Glasser enhances our ability to understand and appreciate every kind of music -- from Beethoven and Fauré to Youssou N’Dour to Snoop Dogg -- and to perceive how our personality type, cognitive style, musical sophistication, and listening context can influence musical preferences. After reading this book, you will never listen to music in quite the same way again.

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