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From the Publisher"Temperley's book is timely and will be a major contribution to the field of music cognition. The scholarship is sound and the research original. It is gratifying to see such first-rate work."—David Huron, Professor of Music, Ohio State University, and author of *SweetAnticipation: Music and the Psychology of Expectation*
"This book makes substantial progress in the computer modeling of basic aspects of musical cognition. The author's presentation of complex subject matter is as direct and straightforward as one could wish. His writing is natural, clear, and unfailingly logical."Fred Lerdahl , Fritz Reiner Professor of Music, Columbia University
"This book definitively transforms music theory from a discipline yielding interesting and sophisticated, but mostly abstract, theories of music into a science that develops precise and testable models of music perception, thus providing genuine insights into the structures and mechanisms involved in the processing of music. In addition to its own substantial contribution to the field, this work sets the stage for future developments in both music theory and music psychology."—Dirk-Jan Povel, Nijmegen Institute for Cognition and Information (NICI)
"Temperley's book is an interesting computational application of forward-looking ideas current in music cognition with regards to conventional, tonal music. Offering a diverse,wide-reaching discussion of 'common practice' music, it gives a strong nod towards the formality induced by necessity from computational models, and is very welcome in so doing."—Larry Polansky,Joseph Straus 1922 Professor of Music, Dartmouth College, co-author of the computer music languageHMSL and co-director, Frog Peak Music (a composers' collective)
"Temperley's book is a landmark effort that integrates three strands of contemporary music theory: preference rule formalisms, music cognition, and computational modeling. Temperley wisely encourages music scholars to reconsider basic topics such as key, meter, and harmony. In addressing anew these concepts the books lays the most solid foundations yet described for the analysis of music. At the same time, the book provides lucid insights into such phenomena as rock music and African rhythms. A major contribution to music theory."—David Huron, Professor of Music,Ohio State University, and author of *Sweet Anticipation: Music and the Psychology ofExpectation*Please note: Endorser gives permission to excerpt, but please do not use the third sentence without the second.