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Conceptualizing Music: Cognitive Structure, Theory, and Analysis

Conceptualizing Music: Cognitive Structure, Theory, and Analysis

by Lawrence M. ZbikowskiLawrence M. Zbikowski
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This book shows how recent work in cognitive science, especially that developed by cognitive linguists and cognitive psychologists, can be used to explain how we understand music. The book focuses on three cognitive processes—categorization, cross-domain mapping, and the use of conceptual models—and explores the part these play in theories of musical organization.

The first part of the book provides a detailed overview of the relevant work in cognitive science, framed around specific musical examples. The second part brings this perspective to bear on a number of issues with which music scholarship has often been occupied, including the emergence of musical syntax and its relationship to musical semiosis, the problem of musical ontology, the relationship between words and music in songs, and conceptions of musical form and musical hierarchy.

The book will be of interest to music theorists, musicologists, and ethnomusicologists, as well as those with a professional or avocational interest in the application of work in cognitive science to humanistic principles.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780195187977
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 10/27/2005
Series: AMS Studies in Music
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 914,540
Product dimensions: 8.90(w) x 6.00(h) x 1.00(d)
Lexile: 1570L (what's this?)

About the Author

Lawrence Zbikowski has taught music theory and analysis at the University of Chicago since 1993.

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