average pitch used in music (Paul von Hippel -- Ohio State )

Subject: average pitch used in music
From:    Paul von Hippel -- Ohio State  <pvh(at)CCRMA.STANFORD.EDU>
Date:    Thu, 14 Sep 2000 13:28:45 -0700

A couple of years ago, someone reported an attempt to measure the distribution of pitch heights used in Western music, and wanted to know what else had been done in this area. I'd be interested to know what that inquiry turned up -- or what other list members know about the question. The studies I'm aware of are E.J. Miller's thesis on the Masses of Palestrina, and an unpublished study by Huron & Parncutt, using a greater variety of music. Both studies report a mean pitch slightly above middle C. Many thanks, Paul von Hippel Post-Doctoral Fellow School of Music Ohio State University 1866 College Road Columbus, OH 43210 614 292-7321 von-hippel.1(at)ohio-state.edu (You can also reach me by simply replying to this message. All my mail is forwarded to the same final destination.) http://music-cog.ohio-state.edu/~pvh

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