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Music and ConsciousnessPhilosophical, Psychological, and Cultural Perspectives$
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David Clarke and Eric Clarke

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199553792

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199553792.001.0001

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Music, language, and kinds of consciousness

Music, language, and kinds of consciousness

(p.179) Chapter 10 Music, language, and kinds of consciousness
Music and Consciousness

Lawrence M. Zbikowski

Oxford University Press

This chapter explores the idea that the kind of consciousness associated with attending to music is different from the kind of consciousness associated with attending to language. The first section offers a preliminary view of how music shapes consciousness, with particular attention to the relationship between music and movement epitomized by Giuliani's waltz. The second section provides a brief sketch of aspects of consciousness that support the distinction drawn between attending to music and attending to language. This sketch approaches consciousness as a biological phenomenon, one that is also informed in important ways by memory function and by culture. The third section returns to Giuliani's waltz and describes in a bit more detail how music shapes our conscious experience, and how the means it uses are different from those of language.

Keywords:   consciousness, music, language, Giuliani, waltz

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