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The Origins of Music

Carl Stumpf and David Trippett

Abstract

This book was first published in German in 1911. The text sets out a path-breaking hypothesis on the earliest musical sounds in human culture. Alongside research in such diverse fields as classical philosophy, acoustics, and mathematics, Stumpf became one of the most influential psychologists of the late 19th century. He was the founding father of Gestalt psychology, and collaborated with William James, Edmund Husserl, and Wolfgang Köhler. This book was the culmination of more than twenty-five years of empirical and theoretical research in the field of music. The first part of the book discuss ... More

Keywords: musical sounds, human culture, gestalt psychology, musical activities, origin of music, instruments, tonal organization, musicology, ethnomusicology

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199695737
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199695737.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Carl Stumpf, author
(1848-1936)

David Trippett, translator
Faculty of Music, University of Cambridge, UK