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Tonal Pitch Space

Fred Lerdahl


This book builds on and in many ways completes the project of Fred Lerdahl and Ray Jackendoff's influential A Generative Theory of Tonal Music. Like the earlier volume, this book is both a music-theoretic treatise and a contribution to the cognitive science of music. After presenting some modifications to Lerdahl and Jackendoff's original framework, the book develops a quantitative model of listeners' intuitions of the relative distances of pitches, chords, and regions from a given tonic. The model is used to derive prolongational structure, trace paths through pitch space at multiple prolonga ... More

Keywords: cognitive science of music, prolongational structure, tonal tension, attraction, atonal, musical mind, pitch-space paths, atonal music

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2005 Print ISBN-13: 9780195178296
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2008 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195178296.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Fred Lerdahl, author
Columbia University