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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