The Cognition of Basic Musical Structures

The Cognition of Basic Musical Structures

by David Temperley
     
 

In this book, David Temperley addresses a fundamental question about music cognition: how do we extract basic kinds of musical information, such as meter, phrase structure, counterpoint, pitch spelling, harmony, and key from music as we hear it? Taking a computational approach, Temperley develops models for generating these aspects of musical structure. The

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In this book, David Temperley addresses a fundamental question about music cognition: how do we extract basic kinds of musical information, such as meter, phrase structure, counterpoint, pitch spelling, harmony, and key from music as we hear it? Taking a computational approach, Temperley develops models for generating these aspects of musical structure. The models he proposes are based on preference rules, which are criteria for evaluating a possible structural analysis of a piece of music. A preference rule system evaluates many possible interpretations and chooses the one that best satisfies the rules.After an introductory chapter, Temperley presents preference rule systems for generating six basic kinds of musical structure: meter, phrase structure, contrapuntal structure,harmony, and key, as well as pitch spelling (the labeling of pitch events with spellings such as A flat or G sharp). He suggests that preference rule systems not only show how musical structures are inferred, but also shed light on other aspects of music. He substantiates this claim with discussions of musical ambiguity,retrospective revision, expectation, and music outside the Western canon (rock and traditional African music). He proposes a framework for the description of musical styles based on preference rule systems and explores the relevance of preference rule systems to higher-level aspects of music, such as musical schemata, narrative and drama, and musical tension.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780262701051
Publisher:
MIT Press
Publication date:
09/01/2004
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
422
Sales rank:
1,272,324
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

David Temperley is Associate Professor of Music Theory at the Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester, and the author of The Cognition of Basic Musical Structures (MIT Press, 2001).

Table of Contents

1Introduction1
ISix preference rule systems21
2Metrical structure23
3Melodic phrase structure55
4Contrapuntal structure85
5Pitch spelling and the tonal-pitch-class representation115
6Harmonic structure137
7Key structure167
IIExtensions and implications203
8Revision, ambiguity, and expectation205
9Meter, harmony, and tonality in rock237
10Meter and grouping in African music265
11Style, composition, and performance291
12Functions of the infrastructure325

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