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Musicophilia

Tales of Music and the Brain

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With the same trademark compassion and erudition he brought to The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat, Oliver Sacks explores the place music occupies in the brain and how it affects the human condition. In Musicophilia, he shows us a variety of what he calls “musical misalignments.” Among them: a man struck by lightning who suddenly desires to become a pianist at the age of forty-two; an entire group of children with Williams syndrome, who are hypermusical from birth; people with “amusia,” to whom a symphony sounds like the clattering of pots and pans; and a man whose memory spans only seven seconds-for everything but music. Illuminating, inspiring, and utterly unforgettable, Musicophilia is Oliver Sacks’ latest masterpiece.

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Musicophilia

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Music can move us to the heights or depths of emotion. It can persuade us to buy something, or remind us of our first date. It can lift us out of depression when nothing else can. It can get us dancing to its beat. But the power of music goes much, much further. Indeed, music occupies more areas of our brain than language does–humans are a musical species.

Oliver Sacks’s compassionate, compelling tales of people struggling to adapt to different neurological conditions have fundamentally changed the way we think of our own brains, and of the human experience. In Musicophilia, he examines the powers of music through the individual experiences of patients, musicians, and everyday people–from a man who is struck by lightning and suddenly inspired to become a pianist at the age of forty-two, to an entire group of children with Williams syndrome who are hypermusical from birth; from people with “amusia,” to whom a symphony sounds like the clattering of pots and pans, to a man whose memory spans only seven seconds–for everything but music.

Our exquisite sensitivity to music can sometimes go wrong: Sacks explores how catchy tunes can subject us to hours of mental replay, and how a surprising number of people acquire nonstop musical hallucinations that assault them night and day. Yet far more frequently, music goes right: Sacks describes how music can animate people with Parkinson’s disease who cannot otherwise move, give words to stroke patients who cannot otherwise speak, and calm and organize people whose memories are ravaged by Alzheimer’s or amnesia.

Music is irresistible, haunting, and unforgettable, and in Musicophilia, Oliver Sacks tells us why.

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What an odd thing it is to see an entire species - billions of people- playing with, listening to, meaningless tonal patters, occupied and preoccupied for much of their time by what they call "music."
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Musicophilia

Tales of Music and the Brain

This edition was published in by Knopf in New York, NY, USA.


Edition Description

With the same trademark compassion and erudition he brought to The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat, Oliver Sacks explores the place music occupies in the brain and how it affects the human condition. In Musicophilia, he shows us a variety of what he calls “musical misalignments.” Among them: a man struck by lightning who suddenly desires to become a pianist at the age of forty-two; an entire group of children with Williams syndrome, who are hypermusical from birth; people with “amusia,” to whom a symphony sounds like the clattering of pots and pans; and a man whose memory spans only seven seconds-for everything but music. Illuminating, inspiring, and utterly unforgettable, Musicophilia is Oliver Sacks’ latest masterpiece.

Source: https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/159607/musicophilia-by-oliver-sacks/9780307267917/

Table of Contents

Introduction
Part One: Haunted by Music
1. A Bolt from the Blue: Sudden Musicophilia 1
2. A Strangely Familiar Feeling: Musical Seizures 18
3. Fear of Music: Musicogenic Epilepsy 24
4. Music on the Brain: Imagery and Imagination 34
5. Brain Worms, Sticky Music and Catchy Tunes 48
6. Musical Hallucinations 60
Part Two: A Range of Musicality
7. Sense and Sensibility: A Range of Musicality 118
8. Things Fall Apart: Amusia and Dysharmonia 126
9. Papa Blows his Nose in G: Absolute Pitch 157
10. Pitch Imperfect: Cochlear Amusia 173
11. In Living Stereo: Why We Have Two Ears 189
12. Two Thousand Operas: Musical Savants 197
13. An Auditory World: Musicality and Blindness 208
14. The Key of Clear Green: Synesthesia and Music 215
Part Three: Memory, Movement, and Music
15. In the Moment: Music and Amnesia 244
16. Speech and Song: Music Therapy and Aphasia 282
17. Accidental Davening: Dyskinesia and Cantillation 293
18. Touch Heaven: Music and Tourette's Syndrome 295
19. Keeping Time: Rhythm and Movement 304
20. Kinetic Melody: Music Therapy and Parkinson's Disease 320
21. Phantom Fingers: The Case of the One-Armed Pianist 337
22. Athletes of the Small Muscles: Musician's Dystonia 341
Part Four: Emotion, Identity, and Music
23. Awake and Asleep: Musical Dreams 359
24. Indifference to Music 368
25. Lamentations: Music and Depression 383
26. The Case of Harry S.: Music and Emotion 390
27. Irrepressible: Music and the Temporal Lobes 395
28. A Hypermusical Species: Williams Syndrome 410
29. Music and Identity: Music Therapy and Dementia 435
Bibliography 455
Index
486

Edition Notes

Copyright Date
2007

Classifications

Dewey Decimal Class
781/.11
Library of Congress
ML3830 .S13 2007

ID Numbers

Open Library
OL24275204M
Internet Archive
musicophiliatale00sack_730
ISBN 10
0307267911
ISBN 13
9780307267917
LC Control Number
2007006810
OCLC/WorldCat
966552762
OverDrive
35FE5365-DB53-48CE-9EDF-1B64D829E2A3
Goodreads
53708253

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