Book announcement--Temperley, Cognition of Musical Structures (Dan Ellis )

Subject: Book announcement--Temperley, Cognition of Musical Structures
From:    Dan Ellis  <dpwe(at)EE.COLUMBIA.EDU>
Date:    Thu, 7 Feb 2002 17:59:09 -0500

Dear List - I was sent the enclosed announcement of a new book on music cognition for forwarding to the list. I hope it is of interest. -- DAn Ellis <dpwe(at)> Dept. of Elec. Eng., Columbia Univ., New York NY 10027 (212) 854-8928 ------- Forwarded Message Date: Thu, 07 Feb 2002 16:07:25 -0500 From: Jud Wolfskill <wolfskil(at)MIT.EDU> Subject: book announcement--Temperley I thought readers of the Auditory List might be interested in this book. For more information please visit The Cognition of Basic Musical Structures David Temperley In this book David Temperley addresses a fundamental question about music cognition: how do we extract basic kinds of musical information, such as meter, phrase structure, counterpoint, pitch spelling, harmony, and key from music as we hear it? Taking a computational approach, Temperley develops models for generating these aspects of musical structure. The models he proposes are based on preference rules, which are criteria for evaluating a possible structural analysis of a piece of music. A preference rule system evaluates many possible interpretations and chooses the one that best satisfies the rules. After an introductory chapter, Temperley presents preference rule systems for generating six basic kinds of musical structure: meter, phrase structure, contrapuntal structure, harmony, and key, as well as pitch spelling (the labeling of pitch events with spellings such as A flat or G sharp). He suggests that preference rule systems not only show how musical structures are inferred, but also shed light on other aspects of music. He substantiates this claim with discussions of musical ambiguity, retrospective revision, expectation, and music outside the Western canon (rock and traditional African music). He proposes a framework for the description of musical styles based on preference rule systems and explores the relevance of preference rule systems to higher-level aspects of music, such as musical schemata, narrative and drama, and musical tension. David Temperley is Assistant Professor of Music Theory at the Eastman School of Music. 7 x 9, 360 pp., 211 illus., ISBN 0-262-20134-8 Jud Wolfskill Associate Publicist MIT Press 5 Cambridge Center, 4th Floor Cambridge, MA 02142 617.253.2079 617.253.1709 fax wolfskil(at) ------- End of Forwarded Message

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