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Cognitive Foundations of Musical Pitch$
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Carol L. Krumhansl

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780195148367

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195148367.001.0001

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Perceiving multiple keys: Modulation and polytonality

Perceiving multiple keys: Modulation and polytonality

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(p.213) 9 Perceiving multiple keys: Modulation and polytonality
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Cognitive Foundations of Musical Pitch
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Carol L. Krumhansl

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195148367.003.0009

This chapter summarizes two experiments that investigate how listeners perceive successive and simultaneous tonalities. The focus of the first experiment is on how listeners initially develop a sense of key, and how they assimilate modulations to new keys. The second experiment investigates the capacity to perceive more than one tonal organization simultaneously. The probe tone technique is applied to a bitonal passage in which materials from two distantly related keys are employed in parallel.

Keywords:   tonalities, music perception, sense of key, tonal hierarchy, polytonality

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