Why Birds Sing

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Written by David Rothenberg

  WHY BIRDS SING:  a journey into the mystery of bird song is about the mystery of bird song and its astonishing richness.  David Rothenberg approaches the mystery from the viewpoint of biological science, musicology, aesthetics, and, seemingly unscientifically, from the pleasure that singing seems to give to birds.  Rothenberg is a professor of philosophy at the New Jersey Institute of Technology and also a composer and jazz clarinetist who jams with his subjects.  The book is a poetic and  technical narrative which leaves you wondering, "Why, indeed, do birds sing--is it because of the pleasure that virtuosity gives them?

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