Human Hearing and the Reality of Music

Human Hearing and the Reality of Music
Author : Armin J. Husemann
Publisher : Steiner Books
Total Pages : 136
Release : 2013-08-01
ISBN 10 : 1621480488
ISBN 13 : 9781621480488
Language : EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Human Hearing and the Reality of Music Book Description:

Music is not simply something we hear. We experience it and love it; it is a primal human need. If, as the pianist Alfred Brendel put it, that we are able to "take music at its word," we confront questions that also moved the author since his adolescent years: What takes hold of me when I experience music? What reality touches me when music is playing? What happens physiologically in the human body when we experience and make music? The author approaches these questions from three perspectives: first, from his personal experience and active love of music; second, from the physiological perspective; and third, from Rudolf Steiner's spiritual science. Dr. Husemann-author of The Harmony of the Human Body-shows how hearing is a sensory activity that encompasses far more than processes in the ear and brain, and that the whole body is involved. He also discusses the relationship between music and chemistry. Music is "chemistry from the inside." And finally, from 1915 to 1918, Rudolf Steiner developed a physiology of artistic imagination based on the movement of the cerebrospinal fluid during respiration. Human Hearing and the Reality of Music is the first attempt to relate Steiner's spiritual research to the findings of natural scientific research in this area.

Reminded by the Instruments

Reminded by the Instruments
Author : YOU. NAKAI
Publisher : Oxford University Press
Total Pages : 768
Release : 2021-02-04
ISBN 10 : 9780190686765
ISBN 13 : 0190686766
Language : EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Reminded by the Instruments Book Description:

Reminded by the Instruments offers an in-depth look at the work of post-war avant-garde pianist and composer David Tudor. Examining not only Tudor's pioneering work as a composer-performer but also his homemade modular instruments that radically altered electronic music, author You Nakai illuminates our understanding of the means of sound production in experimental music.

Form Life and Consciousness

Form  Life  and Consciousness
Author : Armin J. Husemann
Publisher : Steiner Books
Total Pages : 360
Release : 2019-09
ISBN 10 : 1621482391
ISBN 13 : 9781621482390
Language : EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Form Life and Consciousness Book Description:

"You take all of Nature together to shed light on individual details; in the totality of her phenomena, you seek to explain the individual. From simple levels of organization, you ascend to the more complex, ultimately assembling the most complex of all--the human being." --Friedrich Schiller (in a letter to Goethe) Dr. Armin Husemann outlines--for doctors, therapists, students, and other interested readers--the basics and essential aspects of anthroposophic medicine. He takes the reader on an exciting journey of discovery through the realms of minerals, plants, animals, and humankind. In doing so, diverse, unfamiliar perspectives open up for the practice of medicine and other forms of healthcare and therapy. Dr. Husemann provides an abundance of scientific details that look at the whole person today. He shows ways to recapture the human being within the context of life, nature, and its spiritual origin. This is the essence and basis of anthroposophically extended medicine. The author uses numerous examples to illustrate how a phenomenological encounter with nature leads to a fuller understanding of the human organism and its various clinical pictures, opening new ways toward a more holistic practice of therapies and the healing process. Form, Life, and Consciousness is one of those rare resources that serve as a guide for the professional while also remaining accessible to those who are interested in gaining a better understanding of the whole human being and a spiritual-scientific approach to medicine and therapy. -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- From the foreword by Prof. Peter Heusser, MD: "Medical études" is the title Armin Husemann would have preferred for the studies published here, and rightly so. In this book, Husemann--an anthroposophic physician, Goethean researcher, teacher, and head of the Eugen Kolisko Academy at the Filder Clinic in Filderstadt (near Stuttgart)--develops a medical perspective on the human being that infuses the often highly abstract scientific foundations of medicine with artistic sensibility. The result is a new, supple form of medical thinking that might be called "medical science through art," to use an expression previously coined by Husemann himself.... Armin Husemann's art-imbued study of the human being and the natural world is constantly growing, differentiating, metamorphosing, and developing, as this book also testifies. His "human science" has assumed something of an organismic form itself; it is not a schematic system that can ever be "finalized." In Dr. Husemann, we experience an exemplary enlivening and humanizing of science and teaching. In my view, science and education need to be adapted to conform to the human and natural worlds on a deeper level. The need for evolution in this direction is all too obvious in undesirable developments of the present day. It is my hope that this new book will inspire many readers, especially the younger ones, to participate actively in this urgently needed shift toward living thinking in medicine.


Publisher : Rudolf Steiner Press
Total Pages : 164
Release : 2016-04-18
ISBN 10 : 9781855845251
ISBN 13 : 1855845253
Language : EN, FR, DE, ES & NL


‘Large temptations will emanate from these machine-animals, produced by people themselves, and it will be the task of a spiritual science that explores the cosmos to ensure all these temptations do not exert any damaging influence on human beings.’ In an increasingly digitised world, where both work and play are more and more taking place online and via screens, Rudolf Steiner’s dramatic statements from 1917 appear prophetic. Speaking of ‘intelligent machines’ that would appear in the future, Steiner presents a broad context that illustrates the multitude of challenges human beings will face. If humanity and the Earth are to continue to evolve together with the cosmos, and not be cut off from it entirely, we will need to work consciously and spiritually to create a counterweight to such phenomena. In the lectures gathered here, edited with commentary and notes by Andreas Neider, Rudolf Steiner addresses a topic that he was never to speak of again: the secret of the ‘geographical’ or the ‘ahrimanic’ doppelgänger. The human nervous system houses an entity that does not belong to its constitution, he states. This is an ahrimanic being which enters the body shortly before birth and leaves at death, providing the basis for all electrical currents that are needed to process and coordinate sense perceptions and react to them. Based on his spiritual research, Rudolf Steiner discusses this doppelgänger or ‘double’ in the wider context of historic occult events relating to ‘spirits of darkness’. Specific brotherhoods seek to keep such knowledge to themselves in order to exert power and spread materialism. But this knowledge is critical, says Steiner, if the geographical doppelgänger and its challenges are to be understood.

The Musical Theory of Existence Hearing the Music of the Spheres

The Musical Theory of Existence  Hearing the Music of the Spheres
Author : Steve Madison
Publisher : Lulu Press, Inc
Total Pages :
Release : 2020-10-12
ISBN 10 : 9781716513619
ISBN 13 : 1716513618
Language : EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Musical Theory of Existence Hearing the Music of the Spheres Book Description:

Existence is mathematical music, and all of us are the instruments playing the cosmic symphony. Our task is simple – to arrive not at any old music, but the finest music that can possibly be played. The ideal music is reached when every player is in perfect harmony with every other player, and not a single discordant note is played. The orchestra is as one, and there are no disruptive soloists trying to play their own song. It takes the lifetime of the universe to arrive at this perfect music. Every disruptive soloist has to be brought into the collective orchestra. Who is the Devil? He’s the final hold-out, the last player to be integrated into the orchestra. Who is the conductor of the orchestra? It’s Abraxas, the first God, the first to play a tuneful song and recruit others to his song. Whose side are you on?

Alla Breve

Alla Breve
Author : Carl Engel
Publisher : Forgotten Books
Total Pages : 320
Release : 2018-05-17
ISBN 10 : 0260656062
ISBN 13 : 9780260656063
Language : EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Alla Breve Book Description:

Excerpt from Alla Breve: From Bach to Debussy Differences in mentality and taste ac count for the many and contrasting types of music-lovers, and for what each of them considers to be music. For while it can be raised to the lofty level of an art, it suffers the common lot of all things handled by man kind, that it may be degraded to standards inconceivably low. The important and dis concerting fact is, that all along this gradual descent the mission of music remains identi cal: it ministers to the same wants; it springs from, and appeals to, the same instincts and emotions; it always appeases the craving for a satisfaction which is difierentiated only by degrees of refinement. This refinement, of course, is based primarily on the general culture of the individual, but more partie ularly on the capacity of hearing, or the development of the human ear. Musical history is, in reality, nothing but an account of the evolution of hearing. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.

Classical Music Why Bother

Classical Music  Why Bother
Author : Joshua Fineberg
Publisher : Routledge
Total Pages : 184
Release : 2013-10-28
ISBN 10 : 9781136089220
ISBN 13 : 1136089225
Language : EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Classical Music Why Bother Book Description:

First published in 2006. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

Music and the Ineffable

Music and the Ineffable
Author : Vladimir Jankelevich
Publisher : Princeton University Press
Total Pages : 171
Release : 2003-07-28
ISBN 10 : 0691090475
ISBN 13 : 9780691090474
Language : EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Music and the Ineffable Book Description:

Vladimir Jankélévitch left behind a remarkable uvre steeped as much in philosophy as in music. His writings on moral quandaries reflect a lifelong devotion to music and performance, and, as a counterpoint, he wrote on music aesthetics and on modernist composers such as Fauré, Debussy, and Ravel. Music and the Ineffable brings together these two threads, the philosophical and the musical, as an extraordinary quintessence of his thought. Jankélévitch deals with classical issues in the philosophy of music, including metaphysics and ontology. These are a point of departure for a sustained examination and dismantling of the idea of musical hermeneutics in its conventional sense. Music, Jankélévitch argues, is not a hieroglyph, not a language or sign system; nor does it express emotions, depict landscapes or cultures, or narrate. On the other hand, music cannot be imprisoned within the icy, morbid notion of pure structure or autonomous discourse. Yet if musical works are not a cipher awaiting the decoder, music is nonetheless entwined with human experience, and with the physical, material reality of music in performance. Music is "ineffable," as Jankélévitch puts it, because it cannot be pinned down, and has a capacity to engender limitless resonance in several domains. Jankélévitch's singular work on music was central to such figures as Roland Barthes and Catherine Clément, and the complex textures and rhythms of his lyrical prose sound a unique note, until recently seldom heard outside the francophone world.

The Musical Human

The Musical Human
Author : Michael Spitzer
Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing
Total Pages : 480
Release : 2021-04-13
ISBN 10 : 9781526642868
ISBN 13 : 1526642867
Language : EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Musical Human Book Description:

A RADIO 4 BOOK OF THE WEEK 'Full of delightful nuggets' Guardian online 'Entertaining, informative and philosphical ... An essential read' All About History 'Extraordinary range ... All the world and more is here' Evening Standard 165 million years ago saw the birth of rhythm. 66 million years ago came the first melody. 40 thousand years ago Homo sapiens created the first musical instrument. Today music fills our lives. How we have created, performed and listened to this music throughout history has defined what our species is and how we understand who we are. Yet music is an overlooked part of our origin story. 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. 'Michael Spitzer has pulled off the impossible: a Guns, Germs and Steel for music' Daniel Levitin 'A thrilling exploration of what music has meant and means to humankind' Ian Bostridge