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The Nature of Music: Beauty, Sound, and Healing


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Publisher:Riverhead Hardcover, 2001



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Nature of Music is both a primer on how, when, and why to listen to music, and an exploration of how music mirrors the natural impulses of our minds, psyches, bodies, and souls-our physical and emotional rhythms. Maureen McCarthy Draper, a classical pianist, writes about the ways in which the great works of the classical canon can help us cope with grief, give dimension to the mysteries of beauty and faith, aid us in recovery from illness, inspire us to create, help us know ourselves better, or just give us a boost of energy.

Draper has also amassed an invaluable musical bibliography of more than 170 works to help us integrate music into everyday life. From it we can create our own listening list for work, play, sex, or meditation. Using music as both a metaphor and a medium, Draper illuminates the living, breathing dimensions of the masterpieces that have endured for centuries, and celebrates the countless gifts that music has to offer when we listen with imagination and engaged hearts.

"The Nature of Music opens the heart and the ears to new ways of listening, weaving the wisdom of the musical past with the potential of the future. A book truly to be listened to."-Don Campbell, author of The Mozart Effect

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