Description - A Generative Theory of Tonal Music by Fred Lerdahl
This work models music undestanding from the perspective of cognitive science. The point of departure is a search for a grammar of music with the aid of generative linguistics. The theory, which is illustrated with numerous examples from Western classical music, relates the aural surface of a piece to the musical structure unconsciously inferred by the experienced listener. From the viewpoint of traditional music theory, it offers innovations in notation as well as the substance of rhythmic and reductional theory.
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Author Biography - Fred Lerdahl
Frd Lerdahl is Fritz Reiner Professor of Musical Composition at Columbia University. Ray Jackendoff is Seth Merrin Professor of Philosophy and Codirector of the Center for Cognitive Studies at Tufts University. He is the author of many books, including Foundations of Language.