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Author Lerdahl, Fred, 1943-

Title Tonal pitch space / Fred Lerdahl.

Published New York : Oxford University Press, 2001.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Southbank  781.23 LERD    AVAILABLE
Physical description xvii, 411 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 393-404) and index.
Summary Building on the foundation of Lerdahl and Jackendoff's influential A Generative Theory of Tonal Music, this volume presents a multidimensional model of diatonic and chromatic spaces that quantifies listeners' intuitions of the relative distances of pitches, chords, and keys from a given tonic. The model is employed to assign prolongational structure, represent paths through the space, and compute patterns of tension and attraction as musical events unfold, thereby providing a partial basis for understanding musical narration, expectation, and expression. Conceived as both a music-theoretic treatise and a contribution to the cognitive science of music, this book will be of interest to music theorists, musicologists, composers, computer musicians, and cognitive psychologists.
Subject Music theory.
Musical pitch.
Musical analysis.
ISBN 0195058348 (alk. paper)
0195142292 (paperback: alk. paper)