A Generative Theory of Tonal Music

A Generative Theory of Tonal Music

4.02 (49 ratings by Goodreads)
By (author)  , By (author) 

Free delivery worldwide

Available. Expected delivery to the United States in 6-11 business days.


Not ordering to the United States? Click here.

Description

A search for a grammar of music with the aid of generative linguistics.

This work, which has become a classic in music theory since its original publication in 1983, models music understanding from the perspective of cognitive science.The point of departure is a search for the grammar of music with the aid of generative linguistics.The theory, which is illustrated with numerous examples from Western classical music, relates the aural surface of a piece to the musical structure unconsciously inferred by the experienced listener. From the viewpoint of traditional music theory, it offers many innovations in notation as well as in the substance of rhythmic and reductional theory.
show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 384 pages
  • 178 x 254 x 21.08mm | 816g
  • MIT Press
  • Cambridge, United States
  • English
  • Revised ed.
  • music
  • 026262107X
  • 9780262621076
  • 560,820

Back cover copy

A classic in music theory since its publication in 1983, this work models music understanding from the perspective of cognitive science. The point of departure is a search for a grammar of music with the aid of generative linguistics. The theory, which is illustrated with numerous examples from Western classical music, relates the aural surface of a piece to the musical structure unconsciously inferred by the experienced listener.
show more

About Fred Lerdahl

Frd Lerdahl is Fritz Reiner Professor of Musical Composition at Columbia University. Ray Jackendoff is Seth Merrin Professor of Philosophy and Codirector of the Center for Cognitive Studies at Tufts University. He is the author of many books, including Foundations of Language.
show more

Rating details

49 ratings
4.02 out of 5 stars
5 29% (14)
4 45% (22)
3 27% (13)
2 0% (0)
1 0% (0)
Book ratings by Goodreads
Goodreads is the world's largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews. We're featuring millions of their reader ratings on our book pages to help you find your new favourite book. Close X