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Cook, Nicholas 1950-

Works: 52 works in 439 publications in 5 languages and 10,903 library holdings
Genres: Criticism, interpretation, etc  History  Interviews  Musical sketches  Arrangements (Music)  Concertos  Scores 
Roles: Author, Editor, Contributor, Other
Classifications: MT6.C775, 780
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Nicholas Cook
Music, imagination, and culture by Nicholas Cook( Book )

33 editions published between 1989 and 2008 in English and Japanese and held by 1,266 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Empirical musicology : aims, methods, prospects by Nicholas Cook( )

23 editions published between 2004 and 2008 in English and held by 1,173 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A practical guide to empirical approaches that are ready for incorporation in the contemporary musicologist's toolkit, including perspectives from music theory, computational musicology, ethnomusicology, and the psychology and sociology of music
Music : a very short introduction by Nicholas Cook( Book )

36 editions published between 1998 and 2017 in 3 languages and held by 1,025 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

What is music? How is it constructed? How is it consumed? Why do you enjoy it at all? In Music: A Very Short plays Introduction, Nicholas Cook invites us to really think about music and the role it plays in our lives and our ears. Drawing on a number of examples, the author prompts us to call on our own musical experiences in order to think more critically about the roles of the performers and the listener, about music as a commodity and an experience, what it means to understand music, and the values we ascribe to it. This introduction begins with a sampling of music as human activity and then goes on to consider the slippery phenomenon of how music has become an object of thought. Covering not only Western and classical music, Cook touches on all types from rock to Indonesian music and beyond. --From publisher's description
The Cambridge history of twentieth-century music by Nicholas Cook( Book )

22 editions published between 2004 and 2014 in English and held by 1,015 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Surveys the Western twentieth-century 'art' tradition alongside development in jazz, popular music, and world music
A guide to musical analysis by Nicholas Cook( Book )

48 editions published between 1985 and 2009 in English and held by 1,013 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Explores the factors that give unity and coherence to musical masterpieces, seeking the answers mainly in the formal and harmonic structure of individual compositions. --from vendor description
Beethoven : Symphony no. 9 by Nicholas Cook( Book )

34 editions published between 1993 and 2008 in 3 languages and held by 955 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Beethoven's Ninth Symphony is acknowledged as one of the supreme masterpieces of the Western tradition. More than any other musical work it has become an international symbol of unity and affirmation. Yet early critics rejected it as cryptic and eccentric, the product of a deaf and ageing composer. Nicholas Cook's guide charts the dramatic transformation in the reception of this work. The story begins in Vienna, with the responses of listeners at the first performance, and ends in contemporary China and Japan, where the symphony has acquired diametrically opposed interpretations. The account embraces many of the major figures of nineteenth- and twentieth-century music, among them Wagner and Schenker. Including an account of the sketches, an examination of the performance tradition, and a suggested new interpretation, this book opens up new dimensions in our understanding of Beethoven's last symphony
Analysing musical multimedia by Nicholas Cook( Book )

38 editions published between 1997 and 2004 in English and held by 620 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Rethinking music( Book )

28 editions published between 1997 and 2010 in English and held by 566 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Rethinking Music is in two parts. Part 1 focusses on approaches to musical texts, covering such topics as the relationship of text and context, concepts of unity and meaning in music, and the role of empirical approaches, together with compositional and performance perspectives. Underlying the volume as a whole is the question of how far, and in what ways, music theory can remain viable and valuable in a changing intellectual environment." "Part 2 sets out to reflect the nature of the discipline of musicology, and the ways in which it has been, and may be, challenged and enriched. The volume examines music history and cultural histories of music. The status of the musical text is a subject that has clear resonances with Part 1, and themes developed in Part 2 include questions of ethics, pedagogy, performance, and popular music as subjects for scholarly enquiry, questions of reception, canon, gender, and historiography."--Jacket
The Cambridge companion to recorded music( Book )

16 editions published between 2009 and 2011 in English and held by 544 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Featuring fascinating accounts from practitioners including performers and producers, this companion examines how developments in recording have transformed musical culture
Beyond the score : music as performance by Nicholas Cook( Book )

17 editions published between 2013 and 2015 in English and held by 535 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In Beyond the Score: Music as Performance, author Nicholas Cook supplants the traditional musicological notion of music as writing, asserting instead that it is as performance that music is loved, understood, and consumed. This book reconceives music as an activity through which meaning is produced in real time, as Cook rethinks familiar assumptions and develops new approaches. Focusing primarily but not exclusively on the Western 'art' tradition, Cook explores perspectives that range from close listening to computational analysis, from ethnography to the study of recordings, and from the social relations constructed through performance to the performing (and listening) body. In doing so, he reveals not only that the notion of music as text has hampered academic understanding of music, but also that it has inhibited performance practices, placing them in a textualist straightjacket. Beyond the Score has a strong historical emphasis, touching on broad developments in twentieth-century performance style and setting them into their larger cultural context. Cook also investigates the relationship between recordings and performance, arguing that we do not experience recordings as mere reproductions of a performance but as performances in their own right. Beyond the Score is a comprehensive exploration of new approaches and methods for the study of music as performance, and will be an invaluable addition to the libraries of music scholars--including musicologists, music theorists, and music cognition scholars--everywhere [Publisher description]
Taking it to the bridge : music as performance( )

8 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 476 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Schenker project : culture, race, and music theory in fin-de-siècle Vienna by Nicholas Cook( Book )

22 editions published between 2007 and 2010 in English and Spanish and held by 464 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Today we think of Heinrich Schenker, who lived in Vienna from 1884 until his death in 1935, as the most influential music theorist of the twentieth century. But he saw his theoretical writings as part of a comprehensive project for the reform of musical composition, performance, criticism, and education-and beyond that, as addressing fundamental cultural, social, and political problems of the deeply troubled age in which he lived. This book aims to explain Schenker's project through reading his key works within a series of period contexts. These include music criticism, the field in which Schenker first made his name; Viennese modernism, particularly the debate over architectural ornamentation; German cultural conservatism, which is the source of many of Schenker's most deeply entrenched values; and Schenker's own position as a Galician Jew who came to Vienna just as fully racialized anti-semitism was developing there. As well as presenting an unfamiliar perspective on the cultural and political ferment of fin-de-siecle Vienna, this book reveals how deeply Schenker's theory is permeated by the social and political.; It also raises issues concerning the meaning and value of music theory, and the extent to which today's music-theoretical agenda unwittingly reflects the values and concerns of a very different world
Analysis through composition : principles of the Classical style by Nicholas Cook( Book )

15 editions published between 1995 and 1996 in English and held by 319 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Music, performance, meaning : selected essays by Nicholas Cook( Book )

14 editions published between 2007 and 2017 in English and held by 288 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This selection of 16 of Nicholas Cook's essays covers the period from 1987 to 2004 and brings out the development of the author's ideas over these years. A wide variety of topics is explored, ranging from Beethoven to Schenker and from Chinese qin music to jazz and rock
Theory into practice : composition, performance and the listening experience by Nicholas Cook( Book )

10 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 156 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Music analysis and the listener by Nicholas Cook( Book )

8 editions published between 1982 and 1989 in English and held by 118 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Defining the discographic self : Desert Island Discs in context( Book )

4 editions published between 2017 and 2018 in English and held by 102 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Desert Island Discs has run on BBC radio since 1942 and its archive is now accessible. This book is the first to assess the programme from a scholarly perspective. Chapters by musicologists, sociologists, and media scholars are complemented by personal spins by 'castaways', who reflect on talking publicly about the role of music in their lives
Music as creative practice by Nicholas Cook( )

6 editions published in 2018 in English and Undetermined and held by 68 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Not long ago, ideas of creativity in music revolved around composers in garrets and the idea of genius. In the last decade there has been a sea change in thinking: musical creativity is seen in terms of collaboration and real-time performance. Music as Creative Practice is a first attempt to synthesise both perspectives
De Madfonna al canto gregoriano : una muy breve introducción a la música by Nicholas Cook( Book )

14 editions published between 2001 and 2016 in Spanish and held by 43 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Qu? es m?sica? ¿C?mo se construye? ¿C?mo se consume? ¿Por qu? disfrutarlo en absoluto? En m?sica: Un brev?simo juega introducci?n, Nicholas Cook nos invita a pensar realmente en la m?sica y el papel que desempe?a en nuestras vidas y nuestros o?dos. Bas?ndose en una serie de ejemplos accesibles, el autor pide que llamemos en nuestras propias experiencias musicales para pensar cr?ticamente sobre los roles de los actores y el oyente, sobre la m?sica como una mercanc?a y una experiencia, lo que significa entender la m?sica y los valores que atribuimos a ?l. Esta muy breve introducci?n, escrita con humor y estilo, comienza con una muestra de la m?sica como actividad humana y luego va en considerar el fen?meno resbaladizo de c?mo la m?sica ha convertido en un objeto de pensamiento. Cook toca cubrir no s?lo occidental y cl?sica de la m?sica, todos los tipos de roca a la m?sica Indonesia y m?s all?. La incorporaci?n de formas musicales de todos los continentes, m?sica har? agradable lectura para principiantes y expertos por igual
Klavierkonzert No 6 in D-Dur by Ludwig van Beethoven( )

1 edition published in 2015 and held by 29 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Music, imagination, and culture
Alternative Names
Cook, Nicholas J. 1950-

Nicholas Cook Brits musicoloog

Nicholas Cook musicologist and university professor

קוק, ניקולס

קוק, ניקולס, 1950-

クック, ニコラス

Empirical musicology : aims, methods, prospectsMusic : a very short introductionThe Cambridge history of twentieth-century musicA guide to musical analysisBeethoven : Symphony no. 9Analysing musical multimediaRethinking musicThe Cambridge companion to recorded music