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Cognitive foundations of musical pitch

Author: Carol L Krumhansl
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, [2001], ©1990.
Series: Oxford psychology series, no. 17.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Cognitive Foundations of Musical Pitch demonstrates how the perception of tonal organization relies on fundamental psychological principles and analyzes how these principles are reflected in musical structure."--Publisher's description.
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Carol L Krumhansl
ISBN: 0195148363 9780195148367 019505475X 9780195054750
OCLC Number: 48851834
Description: x, 307 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
Contents: Objectives and methods. The approach of cognitive psychology ; The plan of the research ; Outline of the following chapters --
Quantifying tonal hierarchies and key distances. The tonal hierarchy ; The first probe tone study: individual differences with a major-key context ; Replication and extension to minor-key contexts --
Musical correlates of perceived tonal hierarchies. Tonal consonance ; Tonal consonance and tonal hierarchies ; Statistical analyses of tonal compositions ; Tonal distributions and tonal hierarchies ; Tonal hierarchies, tonal consonance, and tonal distributions --
A key-finding algorithm based on tonal hierarchies. The key-finding algorithm ; Application I: initial segments of preludes of J.S. Bach, Shostakovich, and Chopin ; Application II: fugue subjects of J.S. Bach and Shostakovich ; Application III: J.S. Bach's C minor prelude, book II ; Limitations and possible extensions of the algorithm --
Perceived relations between musical tones. Geometric representations of musical pitch ; Limitations of geometric models ; Experimental measures of tonal relations ; Correlations with tonal consonance and tonal distributions --
Perceptual organization and pitch memory. Gestalt theory ; Three principles of tonal stability ; Perceptual organization in music: segmentation and melodic similarity --
Quantifying harmonic hierarchies and key distances. Music-theoretical descriptions of harmony ; Quantifying the harmonic hierarchy ; Harmonic hierarchy of diatonic triads I-VII ; Deriving key distances from harmonic hierarchies --
Perceived harmonic relations. Perceived harmonic relations and key structure ; Perceived harmonic relations of diatonic triads I-VII ; Key context effects on memory for chord sequences ; Relational effects on memory for chord sequences ; Parallels between perceived tonal and harmonic structures --
Perceiving multiple keys: modulation and polytonality. Tracing the developing and changing sense of key ; Tonal hierarchies and polytonality --
Tonal hierarchies in atonal and non-Western tonal music. Tonal hierarchies in 12-tone serial music ; Tonal hierarchies in North Indian music ; Tonal hierarchies in Balinese music ; Tonal hierarchies: some generalizations --
Music cognition: theoretical and empirical generalizations. Properties of the diatonic-harmonic system ; Properties of pentatonic, octatonic, and North Indian scales ; Properties emerging from the empirical studies.
Series Title: Oxford psychology series, no. 17.
Responsibility: Carol L. Krumhansl.

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