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Tonal Pitch Space Paperback – December 9, 2004

ISBN-13: 978-0195178296 ISBN-10: 0195178297

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press (December 9, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195178297
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195178296
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 1.1 x 6.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,447,785 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A Generative Theory of Tonal Music by Fred Lerdahl and Ray Jackendoff is one of the most important works in music theory in the last half of the 20th century, and likewise it has taken its place among the foundational texts in music perception and cognition. Thus the publication of Lerdahl's Tonal Pitch Space, a book which extends the GTTM project, is a significant event."--Music Perception

"Tonal Pitch Space is one of the most important books to come along in music theory and music cognition in a while. The degree of detail that Lerdahl builds into his model is extraordinary, and the consistency with which he references not only the research literature of cognitive psychology but also that of the full breadth of the history of music theory will ensure its importance to both groups of scholars for some time to come."--Computer Music Journal

"[Tonal Pitch Space] is an awe-inspiring achievement. It is bursting at the seams with interesting ideas and perceptive analytic insights. It breaks new ground in establishing rigorous, algorithmic procedures for sophisticated music theories and in forging strong connections between music theory and music psychology. It engages other work in the field in the most exemplary way (one can only marvel at the wealth of references, not only to music theory past and present but also to psychology and other disciplines)--building on the ideas of others but always offering fresh insights and perspectives."--Musicae Scientiae

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Fred Lerdahl is at Columbia University.

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13 of 53 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 16, 2004
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As a 3rd year undergraduate studying composition, I cracked open this book, only to find jibberish. As soon as you begin it jumps into a language hierarchical graphic analysis. Maybe I didn't give the book a chance, but I think this book has a very steep learning curve, and assumes lots of background in analysis. Why can't they teach advanced analysis in undergraduate programs?
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