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Dorothy Miell, Raymond MacDonald, and David J. Hargreaves

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780198529361

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198529361.001.0001

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Music and meaning, ambiguity and evolution

Music and meaning, ambiguity and evolution

(p.27) Chapter 2 Music and meaning, ambiguity and evolution
Musical Communication

Ian Cross

Oxford University Press

This chapter develops an evolutionary view of the functions of music. It presents clear evidence, on the one hand, that humans are predisposed to engage in music-like activities, such that music can be considered to be part of our biological heritage; but paradoxically, that music is also inherently ambiguous, taking a multiplicity of forms and fulfilling many different functions according to specific social and cultural conditions.

Keywords:   musical communication, music, musicality, social conditions, emotional conditions

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