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Re: place pitch and temporal pitch

Dear Johan, and others,

> Thank you for the interesting discussions on place pitch vs temporal
> pitch. From a musicological point of view, I'm not convinced that the
> terms "pitch height" vs "chroma" is so easy as it is usually described. I
doubt that only the octave has the quality attached to "pitch height". There
are numerous music styles where the quint (2:3) has that same quality and
where the octave never occurs at all.

Last year we had collective inquiries concerning historical evidence on the
list of the Society of Music Theory (ca 1200 members) and concerning
ethnological evidence on the list of the Society of Ethnomusicology (ca 500
members). There were many contributions on both lists. In the end it turned
out that we had not one single case of a musical culture were the fifth has
the role that the octave has in all large music cultures.



Martin Braun
Neuroscience of Music
S-671 95 Klässbol
web site: http://w1.570.telia.com/~u57011259/index.htm