How to Understand Communicative Musicality?

  title={How to Understand Communicative Musicality?},
  author={Hroar Klempe},
  journal={Integrative Psychological and Behavioral Science},
  • Hroar Klempe
  • Published 10 June 2009
  • Psychology
  • Integrative Psychological and Behavioral Science
Music is to a large extent understood as if it is a language. This is also true when it comes to the recently published book Communicative Musicality edited by Stephen Malloch and Colwyn Trevarthen (2009a). In this essay it is demonstrated that a lingocentric understanding of music is strongly connected to modernity, but also that early experimental psychology presupposed a distinction between music and language. Polyphony, therefore, is here presented as a characteristic for the musical system… 
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