Cognitive Foundations of Musical Pitch

Cognitive Foundations of Musical Pitch

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"Cognitive Foundations of Musical Pitch" addresses the central problem of music cognition: how the listener's response moves beyond the mere registration of the auditory events present in the music to include the organization, interpretation, and remembrance of these sound events, in terms of their function in the musical context of pitch and rhythm. The author also asks how the psychological organization of music is dependent on the structure of the music itself. Taking the approach of cognitive psychology, Krumhansl integrates more than a decade of her own original research with the available literature on music cognition. Throughout, the author has taken care to provide adequate background in experimental methods and music theory so that no special background is needed to follow the major more

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  • Hardback | 318 pages
  • 162.56 x 233.68 x 25.4mm | 725.74g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • line drawings and tables throughout
  • 019505475X
  • 9780195054750

Table of contents

Objectives and methods; Quantifying tonal hierarchies and key distances; Musical correlates of perceived tonal hierarchies; A key-finding algorithm based on tonal hierarchies; Perceived relations between musical tones; Perceptual organization and pitch memory; Quantifying harmonic hierarchies and key distances; Perceived harmonic relations; Perceiving multiple keys: modulation and polytonality; Tonal hierarchies in atonal and non-western tonal music; Music cognition: theoretical andempirical generalizations; References; more

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"A remarkable collection of results achieved through more than a decade by [Krumhansl] and colleagues. . . .The book's printing, layout, and technical features are excellent. . . .Includes in a well-organized manner a wealth of important data, notions, and references; and it is an appreciable document of what can be accomplished by the cognitive approach. Everyone seriously concerned with the perception of music should carefully study this book." --ACUSTICA"A critical mass of psychological data organized in a tight conceptual framework. This publication is a landmark event. . . .The reader. . .is led through the complex issues by lucid explanations and discussions. The clear organization and sense of direction make reading the book an aesthetic as well as an intellectual pleasure." --American Journal of Psychology"We have before us a summary of some 12 years of assiduous and intelligent work by one of the very best minds in cognitive science. I have followed Carol Krumhansl's research for years with enthusiasm; it is a joy to see it reported so well. . . .Go read this excellent book!" --American Scientist"Vital for anyone interested in music perception." --Leonardo"In a step toward unveiling culture-free aspects of musical pitch, she includes a section on non-Western music, some of which uses microtonal tunings. Krumhansl's detailed descriptions of the theoretical foundations of the traditional music of northern India and Bali are fascinating. I recommend them . . . to anyone who has wondered why the musician choose to play what they do. Of course music theorists who recognize the need for objective measurement will want to read this book closely. But in addition, psychoacoustics, speech scientists, and sonar specialists who study pattern perception or who analyze perceived features might benefit from reviewing some of the cognitive methods thet Krumhansl applies to her work and dissects in her book." --Journal of the Acoustical Society of Americashow more

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