Composition and Cognition: Reflections on Contemporary Music and the Musical Mind
Fred Lerdahl (Author)
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In Composition and Cognition, renowned composer and theorist Fred Lerdahl builds on his careerlong work of developing a comprehensive model of music cognition. Bringing together his dual expertise in composition and music theory, he reveals the way in which his research has served as a foundation for his compositional style and how his intuitions as a composer have guided his cognitively oriented theories. At times personal and reflective, this book offers an overall picture of the musical mind that has implications for central issues in contemporary composition, including the recurrent gap between method and result, and the tension between cognitive constraints and utopian aesthetic views of musical progress. Lerdahl's succinct volume provides invaluable insights for students and instructors, composers and music scholars, and anyone engaged with contemporary music. 53 music examples, 29 b-w line art
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About the Author
Fred Lerdahl is Fritz Reiner Professor Emeritus of Musical Composition at Columbia University. He is widely recognized both for his chamber music and orchestral compositions and for his writings in music theory and the cognitive science of music.
- Contributor: Fred Lerdahl
- Imprint: University of California Press
- ISBN13: 9780520305106
- Number of Pages: 160
- Packaged Dimensions: 152x229x15mm
- Packaged Weight: 227
- Format: Paperback
- Publisher: University of California Press
- Release Date: 2019-12-06
- Binding: Paperback / softback
- Biography: Fred Lerdahl is Fritz Reiner Professor Emeritus of Musical Composition at Columbia University. He is widely recognized both for his chamber music and orchestral compositions and for his writings in music theory and the cognitive science of music.
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