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Harnessed: How Language and Music Mimicked Nature and Transformed Ape to Man by Mark Changizi

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CHAPTER 4

Musical Movement

SERIOUS MUSIC

This dictionary of musical themes, by Harold Barlow and Sam Morgenstern, supplies an aid which students of music have long needed . . . We should now have something in musical literature to parallel Bartlett’s Familiar Quotations. Whenever a musical theme haunted us, but refused to identify itself no matter how much we scraped our memory, all we should have to do would be to look up the tune in Barlow and Morgenstern, where those ingenious dictionary-makers would assemble some ten thousand musical themes, with a notation-index or theme-finder, to locate the name of the composition from which the haunting ...

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