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Foundations of musical grammar

Foundations of musical grammar

Author: Lawrence Michael Zbikowski
Publisher: New York, NY : Oxford University Press, [2017] ©2017
Series: Oxford studies in music theory.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
How is it that humans are able to organize seemingly random sounds into the captivating sonic structures we call music? In this volume, Lawrence M. Zbikowski argues that humans' unique ability to correlate sounds with dynamic processes provides the basis for the construction of meaningful musical utterances - that is, a foundation for musical grammar. Building on a framework for grammar developed by cognitive  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Lawrence Michael Zbikowski
ISBN: 9780190653637 0190653639
OCLC Number: 962409778
Description: xiv, 255 pages : illustrations, music ; 25 cm.
Contents: 1. Origins --
Music and language in human cultures --
Foundations of musical grammar --
Musical grammar and music theory --
2. Music and analogy --
Analogy --
Perceptual symbol systems, embodied knowledge, and analogy --
Sonic analogs and systems of reference --
Sonic analogs for dynamic processes --
Analogy and imagination --
Conclusion --
3. Music and emotion --
Recent research on emotion --
Recent research on music and emotion --
Music, emotions, and sonic analogs --
Conclusion --
4. Music and gesture --
Gesture and language --
The infrastructure of human communication --
Music and movement --
Music and gesture --
Conclusion --
5. Music and dance --
Music and dance in the Ancien Régime --
Of waltzes and waltz music --
Conclusion: Music, social dance, and musical grammar --
6. Music and woods --
"Über allen Gipfeln ist Ruh" --
Music, words, and song --
Conclusion --
7. Questions, answers, questions --
Sonic analogs for dynamic processes --
The elements of musical grammar --
Prospects for a cognitive grammar of music.
Series Title: Oxford studies in music theory.
Responsibility: Lawrence M. Zbikowski.


Foundations of Musical Grammar makes a unique contribution to music theory by building on recent research in cognitive science and theoretical perspectives adopted from cognitive linguistics to  Read more...
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