The Pleasure of Music
From Beethoven to Brassens, including Debussy and Duke Ellington, an exploration of musical pleasure, all genres combined, starting with the emotions that it creates in us, and the meaning that it conveys.
The author uses some of the most iconic incidents from Mozart’s life as a springboard to explore the mechanisms of musical perception.
In this book, the author uses episodes from Mozarts life which illustrate a specific aspect of musical perception. He explores the mechanisms of musical memory - how is it mentally possible to memorise a fifteen-minute musical composition for nine voices, in two choirs? Is this ability due to a listening technique? To an emotionally-based one? What mental operations are at work in musical memory, in general? Bernard Lechevalier is a neurologist specialising in neuropsychology, and a professor of neurology and medicine in teaching hospitals.