Michael Spitzer is Professor of Music at the University of Liverpool. Previously he taught for twenty years at Durham University. An accomplished pianist, Spitzer is a world-leading authority on Beethoven, but he also writes widely on the philosophy and psychology of music. He lives just off Penny Lane with his wife and two daughters.
An amazing book, tying together research in archaeology, anthropology, music history, and human origins to form a compelling and exciting account of the many ways music has developed across the world and across time -- Daniel Levitin A hugely ambitious work, but never daunting, and there's something thought-provoking on every page ... With scholarship, wit and passion, this book demonstrates that there truly is a soundtrack to human lives -- Catherine Bott, Classic FM A thrilling exploration of what music has meant and means to humankind -- Ian Bostridge Music changed my life. It changes my mood, my thoughts, my feelings and changes the way I move. Now I know why. This book has connected me to not only the language of love but the language of life. If you can just hum, whistle out of tune or shake a leg at a wedding then open the pages of this book and know why! A revelation. -- Michael Cashman