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Play us a dune!

Sand: A Journey Through Science And The Imagination Michael Welland OUP, 320pp, £18.99 ISBN 978-0-19-956318-0 ‘Did you know that the Sand Mountain in Nevada emits a low C, while dunes in Chile sound an F, and those in Morocco a G#?’ Me neither. But that’s not the only thing you’ll learn about ‘the sand of [...]

Standing up to Scrutony

Understanding Music: Philosophy and Interpretation Roger Scruton Continuum, 244pp, £18.99 ISBN 978-1-84706-506-3 That any book might ‘appeal both to specialists of philosophy and musicology and also to the ordinary music lover’ is perhaps a little optimistic. In the case of Understanding Music, however, it is – through either authorial arrogance or editorial blindness – wildly [...]

A little night reading

Nocturnes Five Stories of Music and Nightfall Kazuo Ishiguro faber and faber £14.99, 221p ISBN 978-0-571-24498-0 ‘Their talk was no longer just about music – though everything always seemed to come back to it.’ Whether as opening subject or illustrative decoration, music seems to be a recurring theme for Kazuo Ishiguro. The Unconsoled told of [...]

Temper, temper

How Equal Temperament Ruined Harmony (and Why You Should Care) Ross W. Duffin W.W. Norton, £9.99, p196 . When William Gardiner lamented in 1832 that ‘the Deity seems to have left music in an unfinished state’ he was referring to a seeming paradox of tuning: if you start from C and keep adding fifths, twelve [...]