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The Origins of Music was first published in German in 1911. In this text Carl Stumpf set out a path-breaking hypothesis on the earliest musical sounds in human culture. Alongside his 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 Kohler.

This book was the culmination of more than 25 years of empirical and theoretical research in the field of music. In the first part, Stumpf discusses the origin and forms of musical activities as well as various existing theories on the origin of music, including those of Darwin, Rousseau, Herder, and Spencer. In the second part of the book, he summarizes his works on the historical development of instruments and music, and studies a putatively global range of music from non-European cultures to demonstrate the psychological principles of tonal organization, as well as providing a range of cross-cultural musical transcriptions and analyses. This became a foundation document for comparative musicology, the elder sibling to modern Ethnomusicology, and the book provides access to the original recordings Stumpf used in this process.

Available for the first time in the English language, The Origins of Music is a fascinating volume for all those with an interest in the history of psychology and music. It appears here in tandem with Self-Disclosure, Stumpf's autobiography of 1924, in which he outlines the rich life experiences behind his research career alongside his own explanation of his scientific and cultural legacy.

Table of Contents

Carl Stumpf: Impulses Towards a Cognitive Theory of Evolution, Helga de la Motte-Haber

Carl Stumpf: A Reluctant Revolutionary, David Trippett

Part One: Origin and Archetypes of Music Making

1. Recent Theories

2. Origin and Archetypes of Singing

3. Primitive Instruments and their Influence

4. Polyphony, Rhythm, Intoned Speech

5. Trends

Part Two: Songs of Primitive Peoples

Illustrations of primitive Instruments


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Stumpf, Carl
Oxford University Press, USA
Trippett, David
Cognitive Psychology
Psychology | Cognitive Psychology | Cognitive Psychology
Psychology-Cognitive Science
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6.4 x 9.1 x 1 in 1.288 lb

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