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Within the first finished research of the connection among song and language from the perspective of cognitive neuroscience, Aniruddh D. Patel demanding situations the frequent trust that tune and language are processed independently. seeing that Plato's time, the connection among track and language has attracted curiosity and debate from a variety of thinkers. lately, medical learn in this subject has been turning out to be quickly, as students from assorted disciplines, together with linguistics, cognitive technological know-how, song cognition, and neuroscience are attracted to the music-language interface as a method to discover the level to which diverse psychological skills are processed through separate mind mechanisms. hence, the suitable info and theories were unfold throughout a number disciplines. This quantity offers the 1st synthesis, arguing that song and language percentage deep and demanding connections, and that comparative examine presents a robust method to research the cognitive and neural mechanisms underlying those uniquely human skills.

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A philologist and philosopher, Nietzsche was also a pianist and composer who maintained a lifelong desire for a career as a musician. The lack of success for his compositions did not discourage his reflections on music, and those who have written on his work have given music exemplary status for his entire philosophy. indb 49 10/18/11 8:03 AM 5 0 • W H Y I A M A G R E AT P I A N I S T philosophy? Or rather a philosopher-musician who transformed thought into art? For is not his great work Thus Spoke Zarathustra a sublime symphonic poem?

He did so surrounded by his mother and his sister, later dedicating his first compositions to them. Nietzsche would always associate piano playing with a shared intimacy, a union of solitude and communion. indb 51 10/18/11 8:03 AM 5 2 • W H Y I A M A G R E AT P I A N I S T playing. He did the same with his music-loving friends: Gustav Krug, Erwin Rohde, Franz Overbeck, Heinrich Köselitz (aka Peter Gast). He composed pieces for four hands or for two pianos, offering his playing, as well as his compositions, as a dialogue intended to map out constellations of friendships.

Under the watchful eye of Charles Schweitzer, Sartre had set himself out to be a writer. But it was now against the person of Joseph Mancy that he decided to write: “So he was perpetually the person I wrote against. All my life. ” Even if the piano was not consciously invested with this same mission, it nevertheless participated in the same confrontation. The Schweitzers loved the music of Bach; to play Chopin was a diversion. But Joseph Mancy did not like music, and so piano playing itself became an act of opposition.

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