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A theory for all music : problems and solutions in the analysis of non-Western forms

Author: Jay Rahn
Publisher: Toronto [Ontario] : University of Toronto Press, Ottawa, Ontario : Canadian Electronic Library, [1983] 2019. ©1983
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The author also discusses the fields of anthropology and psychology, showing how his approach serves as a starting point for studies of perception and the concepts, norms, and values found in specific music cultures.
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
(DLC) 83226717
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Jay Rahn
ISBN: 9781487574666 1487574665
OCLC Number: 1090921590
Description: 1 online resource (x, 267 pages) : illustrations, music
Contents: Part I Preliminaries. 1 The question; 2 Choosing a basis; Criteria; Mentalistic bases; Cultural bases; Psychological bases; Summary; 3 Choosing a method of interpretation; Criteria for adequacy; Objectivity; Determinacy; Terminology; Quality of interpretations --
Part II A theory for all music. 4 Basic concepts and ultimate values; Aesthetic criteria in the sciences; Theoretical elegance; Undefined concepts; Conclusions; 5 The isomorphism of pitch and time; Pitches and moments; Spans and bands; Intervals; Interval bands and durational spans; Quantification; Bisection Cycles and selectionSummary; 6 Orientation and reference; Relative orientation; Absolute orientation; Loudness; Timbre and sonance; Proximity; Summary; Two interpretations of a children's song --
Part III Applications. 7 Some pieces reinterpreted; Sweathouse song of the Flathead; 'Du:, ' a Hukwe bow song; Taqsim; Conclusions; 8 Some repertoires reinterpreted; Asaadua of the Akan; Lin YÜ's music for the Confucian temple; The hornpipes in Harding's Collection; Conclusions --
Part IV Beyond music theory. 9 Perceptual correlates; Limitations of psychology Compatibility of psychology and the theory advanced hereConclusions; 10 Cultural correlates; Music and culture among the Venda; Conclusions --
Part V Review. 11 Conclusions; Implications for music theory; Implications for ethnomusicology; Some apparent universals; 12 Some possible objections; Minds; The theory presented here as a theory; Causality; The best interpretation; Other approaches; Binarism; Musical facts; Ethnocentricity; The twelve-semitone system; The comprehensiveness of the theory; Glossary.
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The author also discusses the fields of anthropology and psychology, showing how his approach serves as a starting point for studies of perception and the concepts, norms, and values found in specific music cultures.

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