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Music as Biology
by Dale Purves
Harvard University Press, 2017
eISBN: 978-0-674-97298-8 | Cloth: 978-0-674-54515-1
Library of Congress Classification ML3820.P87 2017
Dewey Decimal Classification 781.1

Why do human beings find some tone combinations consonant and others dissonant? Why do we make music using only a small number of scales out the billions that are possible? Dale Purves shows that rethinking music theory in biological terms offers a new approach to centuries-long debates about the organization and impact of music.

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