The Origins of Music

Hardcover | August 15, 2012

byCarl Stumpf

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The Origins of Music was first published in German in 1911. In this text Carl Stumpf set out a path-breaking hypothesis on the earliest musical sounds in human culture. Alongside his research in such diverse fields as classical philosophy, acoustics, and mathematics, Stumpf became one of themost influential psychologists of the late 19th century. He was the founding father of Gestalt psychology, and collaborated with William James, Edmund Husserl, and Wolfgang Kohler.This book was the culmination of more than 25 years of empirical and theoretical research in the field of music. In the first part, Stumpf discusses the origin and forms of musical activities as well as various existing theories on the origin of music, including those of Darwin, Rousseau, Herder,and Spencer. In the second part of the book, he summarizes his works on the historical development of instruments and music, and studies a putatively global range of music from non-European cultures to demonstrate the psychological principles of tonal organization, as well as providing a range ofcross-cultural musical transcriptions and analyses. This became a foundation document for comparative musicology, the elder sibling to modern Ethnomusicology, and the book provides access to the original recordings Stumpf used in this process.Available for the first time in the English language, The Origins of Music is a fascinating volume for all those with an interest in the history of psychology and music. It appears here in tandem with Self-Disclosure, Stumpf's autobiography of 1924, in which he outlines the rich life experiencesbehind his research career alongside his own explanation of his scientific and cultural legacy.

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The Origins of Music was first published in German in 1911. In this text Carl Stumpf set out a path-breaking hypothesis on the earliest musical sounds in human culture. Alongside his research in such diverse fields as classical philosophy, acoustics, and mathematics, Stumpf became one of themost influential psychologists of the late 19...

David Trippett is in the Faculty of Music at the Univesity of Cambridge, UK.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:224 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.98 inPublished:August 15, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199695733

ISBN - 13:9780199695737

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Helga de la Motte-Haber: Carl Stumpf: Impulses Towards a Cognitive Theory of EvolutionDavid Trippett: Carl Stumpf: A Reluctant RevolutionaryPart One: Origin and Archetypes of Music Making1. Recent Theories2. Origin and Archetypes of Singing3. Primitive Instruments and their Influence4. Polyphony, Rhythm, Intoned Speech5. TrendsPart Two: Songs of Primitive PeoplesIllustrations of primitive InstrumentsSelf-Disclosure