This is a book about the science of a human obsession. It is a comprehensive scientific understanding of how humans experience music and why it plays such a unique role in our lives.
In this book. Levitin unravels the mystery of our perennial love affair with music. But should we call it instead a love/hate relationship with music? Every have a song you couldn’t get out of your head? Throughout history, certain music has been deemed subversive and even outlawed. Where does the power of music come from?
This investigation of the role of music in human evolution and everyone’s daily lives synthesizes psychology, neuroscience, and musical examples from Mozart to Eminem. Levitin explains the elements of music, pitch, rhythm, tempo, timber, harmony, and melody. Then building on his own research and those of his colleagues, he explores the perception of music in the human brain.
This is a book that should be read by anyone who is interested in why music is so important to us. It is a book that should be read and reread by people who are interested in the psychology of music and how we perceive it. I loved the book and will recommend to music lovers within my circle of friends.
Rating: 5 stars
Reviewed by: Irene S. Roth