A Generative Theory of Tonal Music

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A Generative Theory of Tonal Music

Fred Lerdahl

Publisher: MIT Press (MA)Format: Paperback

This work models music undestanding from the perspective of cognitive science. The point of departure is a search for a grammar of music with the aid of generative linguistics. The theory, which is illustrated with numerous examples from Western classical music, relates the aural surface of a piece to the musical structure unconsciously inferred by the experienced listener. From the viewpoint of traditional music theory, it offers innovations in notation as well as the substance of rhythmic and reductional theory.

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