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Cognitive Foundations of Musical Pitch

Carol L. Krumhansl


This book addresses the central problem of music cognition: how listeners' responses move beyond mere registration of auditory events to include the organization, interpretation, and remembrance of these events in terms of their function in a musical context of pitch and rhythm. The work offers an analysis of the relationship between the psychological organization of music and its internal structure. It combines over a decade of original research on music cognition with an overview of the available literature. The author also provides a background in experimental methodology and music theory.

Keywords: musical pitch, music cognition, listeners' responses, auditory events, rhythm

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2001 Print ISBN-13: 9780195148367
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195148367.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Carol L. Krumhansl, author
Cornell University