Musicology: A tale of two chapters…

This post is from an essay I wrote in 2011 relating chapters from two different books. Here it is unedited. I’ve chosen the final chapter from Rose Rosengard Subotnik’s Developing Variations: Style and Ideology in Western Music titled The Challenge of Contemporary Music and the first chapter from Lydia Goehr’s The Quest for Voice: Music,…

Book review: Flow – The psychology of optimal experience

This book review was done during my studies for a Masters in Music Performance in Sep 2011. Flow: The psychology of optimal experience by Mihalyi Csikszentmihalyi Twenty-three hundred years ago Aristotle concluded that, more than anything else, men and women seek happiness.[1] The question raised in this book is this: when do people feel most…