Music and the Mind

Music and the Mind - Anthony Storr Storr shares his thoughts on music, philosophy, and psychology in this well-written book. He explores various great philosophers' viewpoints on music from the past, including Nietzsche, Freud, Jung, Schopenhauer, and Plato as well as various composers and musicians. He finds himself especially sympathetic with Schopenhauer and Nietzsche (because he is an atheist) and spends a great deal of time discussing their thoughts on music. Although he is a committed evolutionist, Storr is forced to puzzle over the evolution of music and finds the answer lacking. All in all, I would recommend this book if you are a person who wants to think critically about music and its relationship to philosophy and psychology.