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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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Music cognition: theoretical and empirical generalizations

Music cognition: theoretical and empirical generalizations

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Cognitive Foundations of Musical Pitch

Carol L. Krumhansl

Oxford University Press

This chapter steps back from the empirical results to consider what they reveal about the psychological basis of musical pitch structures. Certain properties of pitch systems are identified that may be important for accurate encoding and memory. A number of traditional and novel pitch systems are analyzed for the presence or absence of these properties. The chapter concludes with a summary of the empirical findings, and a discussion of what they indicate about the nature of the perceptual and cognitive abilities underlying our musical experience.

Keywords:   musical pitch structure, pitch system, music cognition, diatonic-harmonic system

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