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    DescriptionWhile the first healers were musicians who relied on rhythm and song to help cure the sick, over time Western thinkers and doctors lost touch with these traditions. In the West, for almost two millennia, the roles of the healer and the musician have been strictly separated. Until recently, that is. Over the past few decades there has been a resurgence of interest in healing music. In the midst of this nascent revival, Ted Gioia, a musician, composer, and widely praised author, offers the first detailed exploration of the uses of music for curative purposes from ancient times to the present. Gioia's inquiry into the restorative powers of sound moves effortlessly from the history of shamanism to the role of Orpheus as a mythical figure linking Eastern and Western ideas about therapeutic music, and from Native American healing ceremonies to what clinical studies can reveal about the efficacy of contemporary methods of sonic healing. Gioia considers a broad range of therapies, providing a thoughtful, impartial guide to their histories and claims, their successes and failures. He examines a host of New Age practices, including toning, Cymatics, drumming circles, and the Tomatis method. And he explores how the medical establishment has begun to recognize and incorporate the therapeutic power of song. Acknowledging that the drumming circle will not--and should not--replace the emergency room, nor the shaman the cardiologist, Gioia suggests that the most promising path is one in which both the latest medical science and music--with its capacity to transform attitudes and bring people together--are brought to bear on the multifaceted healing process. In Healing Songs, as in its companion volume Work Songs, Gioia moves beyond studies of music centred on specific performers, time periods, or genres to illuminate how music enters into and transforms the experiences of everyday life.


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    Title
    Healing Songs
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Ted Gioia
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 264
    Width: 152 mm
    Height: 239 mm
    Thickness: 25 mm
    Weight: 544 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780822337027
    ISBN 10: 0822337029
    Classifications

    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T1.7
    BIC E4L: MUS
    B&T Book Type: NF
    Libri: I-MU
    Ingram Subject Code: MU
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    BISAC V2.8: MUS018000
    BIC subject category V2: MJCL
    DC22: 780
    B&T General Subject: 540
    BIC subject category V2: AV, HR
    BISAC V2.8: MUS020000
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15900
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 02
    BISAC V2.8: MUS027000, PSY028000
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    BISAC V2.8: HEA032000
    LC subject heading: , , ,
    BISAC V2.8: MUS017000
    DC22: 782.42159, 782.42/159
    LC classification: ML3920 .G56 2006
    Thema V1.0: MJCL, QR, AV
    Publisher
    Duke University Press
    Imprint name
    Duke University Press
    Publication date
    15 May 2006
    Publication City/Country
    North Carolina
    Author Information
    Ted Gioia, pianist, composer, and one of the founders of Stanford University's Jazz Studies program, is the author of "Work Songs," also published by Duke University Press, as well as several celebrated books, including "West Coast Jazz: Modern Jazz in California, 1945-1960." His book "The History of Jazz" was selected as one of the best books of the year by Jonathan Yardley in the "Washington Post," chosen as a notable book of the year by the "New York Times," and honored with the Bay Area Book Reviewers' award for best nonfiction work of the year. His book "The Imperfect Art "won the ASCAP-Deems Taylor Award and was named a Jazz Book of the Century by the "Jazz Educators Journal." He has recorded several compact discs as a leader, including "The End of the Open Road" and "Tango Cool."
    Review quote
    "Ted Gioia enriches and makes real the powerful message that music is, and has always been, an integral part of the toolkit that ordinary humans have used to navigate life. He shows that, far from being a pastime to fill idle moments or a distraction from everyday preoccupations, music addresses fundamental issues of human existence, survival, and liberation. Gioia's work offers hope to those who fear that the corporate mass media may have suffocated the age-old impulse of ordinary people to make music their own."--John Sloboda, author of Exploring the Musical Mind "Healings Songs explores the ancient idea that music can be used to cure or relieve all kinds of ailments, from madness to gout. [It] is a fascinating and formidably well-read essay ... "--The Daily Telegraph, 9 September 2006 "These are fascinating works of musical history which aim at putting two song genres fairly and squarely into their most basic context--human need. Gioia is a pianist and composer linked to Stanford University in the States, and here reinforces his reputation for combining inquisitive scholarship with lucid readability."--Classical Music, 12 May 2007
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    "Ted Gioia enriches and makes real the powerful message that music is, and has always been, an integral part of the toolkit that ordinary humans have used to navigate life. He shows that, far from being a pastime to fill idle moments or a distraction from everyday preoccupations, music addresses fundamental issues of human existence, survival, and liberation. Gioia's work offers hope to those who fear that the corporate mass media may have suffocated the age-old impulse of ordinary people to make music their own."--John Sloboda, author of "Exploring the Musical Mind"