The Musical Human

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The Musical Human

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Author :   Michael Spitzer
Publisher :   Bloomsbury
Published :   04/01/2021
ISBN :   9781526602763
Format :   Hardback
Pages :   656
Size (mm) :   234x153x34
Weight (g) :   844

The Musical Human' takes us on an exhilarating journey across the ages - from Bach to BTS and back - to explore the vibrant relationship between music and the human species. With insights from a wealth of disciplines, world-leading musicologist Michael... Read more
The Musical Human' takes us on an exhilarating journey across the ages - from Bach to BTS and back - to explore the vibrant relationship between music and the human species. With insights from a wealth of disciplines, world-leading musicologist Michael Spitzer renders a global history of music on the widest possible canvas, looking at music in our everyday lives; music in world history; and music in evolution, from insects to apes, humans to AI. Through this journey we begin to understand how music is central to the distinctly human experiences of cognition, feeling and even biology, both widening and closing the evolutionary gaps between ourselves and animals in surprising ways. The book boldly puts the case that music is the most important thing we ever did; it is a fundamental part of what makes us human.