Math Behind the Music by Leon Harkleroad
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Math Behind the Music
By Leon Harkleroad

The Math Behind the Music

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Math Behind the Music by Leon Harkleroad

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Mathematics has been used for centuries to describe, analyze, and create music. In this book, Leon Harkleroad explores the math related aspects of music from its acoustical bases to compositional techniques to music criticism, touching on * overtones, scales, and tuning systems * the musical dice game attributed to Mozart and Haydn * the several-hundred-year-old style of bell-playing known as ringing the changes * the twelve-tone school of composition that strongly influenced music throughout the twentieth century and many other topics involving mathematical ideas from probability theory to Fourier series to group theory. He also relates some cautionary tales of misguided attempts to mix music and mathematics. Both the mathematical and the musical concepts are described in an elementary way, making the book accessible to general readers as well as to mathematicians and musicians of all levels. The book is accompanied by an audio CD of musical examples.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780521009355
ISBN-10: 0521009359
Format: Paperback
(228mm x 152mm x 14mm)
Pages: 158
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 7-Aug-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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