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Description - Repetition in Music by Adam Ockelford

This monograph - a series of extended essays in the field of psychomusicology - examines the place of repetition in perceived musical structure and in theories of music. Following a preface and introduction, there are four main sections: 'theory', 'analysis', 'metatheory and meta-analysis', and 'cognition and meta-cognition'. Section 1 (theory) sets out the principles underlying the creation and cognition of musical structure developed by the author in earlier studies, in the dual context of David Lewin's mathematically-based theory of musical intervals and transformations and Gilles Fauconnier's concept of mental spaces (which was formulated in the context of cognitive science). Section 2 (analysis) shows the theory in operation in relation to the first movement of Mozart's piano sonata, K. 333. It indicates how structural issues may be related to considerations of aesthetic response and musical 'worth' through comparison with J.C. Bach's Sonata Op. 5, No. 3.
Section 3 (metatheory and meta-analysis) uses the new theory to interrogate the propositions underpinning set theory and transformations, offering a psychomusicological critique and potential development of, for example, the work of Forte, Morris, Isaacson and Straus. This enables issues raised earlier in relation to the work of Lewin to be addressed. In conclusion, in Section 4 (cognition and metacognition), the matter of cognitive preferences and constraints is considered in relation to repetition in music, which permits a final investigation of different approaches to musical analysis to be undertaken. In summary, by synthesising the findings of diverse earlier work in the context of the new theory, it proves possible to move thinking forward on a number of fronts, and to indicate potential directions for future empirical and analytical developments.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780754635734
ISBN-10: 0754635732
Format: Hardback
(244mm x 150mm x mm)
Pages: 168
Imprint: Ashgate Publishing Limited
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 2-Feb-2005
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Adam Ockelford

Adam Ockelford Professor of Music at Roehampton University , UK.

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