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The Evolution of Music through Culture and Science

Peter Townsend


Music is an international key aspect of humanity which impacts life, from love songs to religion, politics, and warfare. Changes in culture and developments in science drove musical progress from printing and distribution to instrumental improvements, innovation, and the acoustics of buildings and concert halls. Every aspect increased public demand and changed compositional styles, plus heightened the need for virtuosic star performers. Conversely, the attempts to record and distribute music inspired the growth of recording systems, microphones, and electronic amplifiers, which has resulted in ... More

Keywords: Why music evolves, Instrumental changes, Hearing and brain, Recording, Musical interpretation, Acoustics, Performance

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780198848400
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198848400.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Peter Townsend, author
Emeritus Professor, University of Sussex