Music and Healing: The Wounds That Sing June Tillman

ISBN: 9781853024849

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Music and Healing: The Wounds That Sing  by  June Tillman

Music and Healing: The Wounds That Sing by June Tillman
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In this wide-ranging exploration of music and its capacity to heal, June Boyce-Tillman draws on philosophical, anthropological, psychiatric and musical perspectives to propose that music has a role in balancing the natural polarities within the self.MoreIn this wide-ranging exploration of music and its capacity to heal, June Boyce-Tillman draws on philosophical, anthropological, psychiatric and musical perspectives to propose that music has a role in balancing the natural polarities within the self.

Her book examines different musical traditions, using these polarities as themes to connect them. It includes the history of music as high culture as developed in western philosophy: the concept of the music of the spheres as evolved by the Greeks and Renaissance thinkers, the work of nineteenth-century music theorists such as Hanslick, who explored the power of music, and contemporary ideas by musicologists such as Nicholas Cook.

This is complemented by a number of case studies in various cultures -- spirit possession cults in Africa, the Javanese Court Bedhaya Dance tradition, shamans among American Indian tribes, and Tantric beliefs -- and an exploration of contemporary New Age practice. The use of music in psychiatric medicine, psychoanalytic ideas on creative process and interviews with musicians are also studied, to conclude with the theory of composing and improvising as transformative, therapeutic acts.



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