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It's all about the music, dude! Sit down, relax and listen to some tunes.

RE: Thanks for the link, but. . .

I read one other book by Leonard Meyer besides "Emotion and Meaning in Music" - I believe it was "Music, the Arts, and Ideas". I don't think I was even aware of his paper on "Music and Information Theory". BTW, I found a really great summary of "Emotion and Meaning in Music", which I plan to use to refresh my understanding of that book:

http://www.music-cog.ohio-state.edu/Music829D/Notes/Meyer1.html

I suspect I might agree with his ideas less now than when I originally read the work, when I was so impressed that someone was actually dealing with these ideas and issues in such detail, and really coming to grips with them.

Regarding the Bernstein remarks, I see where you're coming from, and you're right that what he says may be consistent with the different ways that individual listeners hear the same music. BTW, I have just a bit of your "Tchaikovsky-type" of reaction when I hear certain works of Mahler (a composer whom I generally like nevertheless), so I think I know what you mean. ;-)


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