IRCS Technical Reports Series

Document Type

Technical Report

Date of this Version

November 1994


University of Pennsylvania Institute for Research in Cognitive Science Technical Report No. IRCS-94-20.


The psychological mechanism by which even musically untutored people can comprehend novel melodies resembles that by which they comprehend sentences of their native language. The paper identifies a syntax, a semantics, and a domain or "model". These elements are examined in application to the task of harmonic comprehension and analysis of unaccompanied melody, and a computational theory is argued for.


music; computational analysis; key-analysis; harmony; consonance; grammar of music



Date Posted: 18 September 2006