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Conceptualizing Music. Cognitive Structure, Theory, and Analysis. 9780195140231

Conceptualizing Music. Cognitive Structure, Theory, and Analysis

Oxford University Press. 2002

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  • EAN: 9780195140231
  • ISBN: 978-0-19-514023-1
  • Editorial: Oxford University Press
  • Fecha de edición: 2002
  • Encuadernación: Cartoné
  • Dimensiones: 16x23,5
  • Idioma: Inglés
  • Nº páginas: 360

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First application of research in cognitive science to the sort of problems with which music theorists and other humanistic scholars of music are usually engaged
Expands discussion of the "Mozart effect" by proposing that understanding music employs basic cognitive processes that humans use in a wide variety of domains. Music - and not just that by Mozart - both exploits and challenges these processes, and the consequent enrichment of both the means and substance of human understanding is one of the reasons for music's enduring value
Reinterprets the intuition that 'music is a language' with the proposal that both music and language rely on the same basic cognitive processes, and that these processes are additionally used throughout human understanding. Chapter 3 in particular shows similarities between the musical insights of a quite average eight year old boy and those of two of the most respected music theorists of the past two hundred and fifty years

This book shows how recent work in cognitive science, especially that developed by cognitive linguists and cognitive psychologists, can be used to explain how we understand music. The book focuses on three cognitive processes, categorization, cross-domain mapping, and the use of conceptual models, and explores the part these play in theories of musical organization. The first part of the book provides a detailed overview of the relevant work in cognitive science, framed around specific musical examples. The second part brings this perspective to bear on a number of issues with which music scholarship has often been occupied, including the emergence of musical syntax and its relationship to musical semiosis, the problem of musical ontology, the relationship between words and music in songs, and conceptions of musical form and musical hierarchy. The book will be of interest to music theorists, musicologists, and ethnomusicologists, as well as those with a professional or a vocational interest in the application of work in cognitive science to humanistic principles.


- Introduction: Conceptualizing Music

PART I: Aspects of Cognitive Structure
1- Categorization
2- Cross-Domain Mapping
3- Conceptual Models and Theories

PART II: Analysis and Theory
4- Categorization, Compositional Strategy, and Musical Syntax
5- Cultural Knowledge and Musical Ontology
6- Words, Music, and Songs: The Nineteenth-Century Lied
7- Competing Models of Music: Theories of Musical Form and Hierarchy

- Conclusion: Cognitive Structure, Theory, and Analysis
- Bibliography
- Index

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