Musikofilia Oliver Sacks

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Musikofilia  by  Oliver Sacks

Musikofilia by Oliver Sacks
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Music can move us to the heights or depths of emotion. It can perusade us to buy something, or remind us of a first date. It can lift us out of depression when nothing else can. It can get us dancing. But the power of music goes much, much further.MoreMusic can move us to the heights or depths of emotion. It can perusade us to buy something, or remind us of a first date. It can lift us out of depression when nothing else can. It can get us dancing. But the power of music goes much, much further. Indeed, music occupies more areas of our brain than language does -- humans are a musical species.Oliver Sacks compassionate, compelling tales of people struggling to adapt to different neurological conditions have fundamentally changed the way we think of our own brains, and of the human experience.

In Musicophilia, he examines the powers of music through the individual experiences of patients, musicians, and everyday people -- from a man who is struck by lightning and suddenly inspired to become a pianist at the age of forty-two, to an entire group of children wth Williams syndrome who are hypermusical from birth.Our exquisite sensitivity to music can sometimes go wrong: Sacks explores how catchy tunes can subject us to hours of mental replay, and how a surprising number of people acquire non-stop musical hallucinations.

Yet far more frequently, music goes right: it can animate people with Parkinsons disease who cannot otherwise move, give words to stroke patients who cannot otherwise speak, and calm and organize people whose memories are ravaged by Alzheimers or amnesia.Music is irresistible, haunting, and unforgettable, and in Musicophilia, Oliver Sacks tells us why.---In seinem neuesten Buch erzählt Oliver Sacks von Menschen, die nach einer Hirnverletzung ihre Musikalität verlieren, und von anderen, die durch eine solche Verletzung erst Musikalität entwickeln, ja von Musik geradezu besessen sind.

Sacks erweist sich wieder als Meister der Menschenbeschreibung und entdeckt an scheinbaren Defekten die besonderen Qualitäten der Menschen - wie beim einarmigen Pianisten Paul Wittgenstein, für den die großen Komponisten Benjamin Britten, Paul Hindemith, Richard Strauss und Maurice Ravel eigens Stücke für die linke Hand schrieben. Musik, so zeigt Sacks, hat die einzigartige Kraft, das Gehirn in ganz bemerkenswerter und komplexer Weise zu verändern, und wir Menschen sind eine musikalische Spezies - nicht nur eine sprachliche. Musik zieht uns unwiderstehlich in ihren Bann.



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