Music as Well-being
Praise for Experiencing Music –Restoring the Spiritual
‘Music surrounds us on a daily basis, but do we have any real understanding of it? In a society that increasingly prizes visual stimulus and instant gratification, music can easily seem peripheral and little more than ornamental. Within the western art tradition, current comparisons of minor differences in the interpretation of art music and an obsession with the aesthetically pleasing can only mean that the position of music in our lives is in danger of being reduced to a sadly primitive stage. To the old patrician assumption that classical music is the only truly valuable part of our activity, this revolutionary book is the perfect antidote. Drawing upon a global range of sources and disciplines, June Boyce-Tillman displays immense flair, imagination and intelligence as she invokes an altogether broader concept of musical experience. In her own inimitable way she contrives to weave together philosophy, theology, musics, poetry and musical practice in the course of her spiritual journey, which effectively portrays truth as a crystal whose different facets act as lenses to reveal different aspects of itself. This transformational book extends way beyond musical agendas to explore and celebrate the very question of what it is to be human.’
— PROFESSOR COLIN LAWSON
Director, Royal College of Music
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