Leonard B. Meyer's writings on the theory, history, perception and aesthetics of music have inspired and provoked generations of readers. This book makes available a selection of his essays originally published between 1974 and 1998. Gathering them together in one volume not only enables the essays to "converse" with and illuminate each other, but also allows Meyer to revise, recant and comment on the ideas they present. The text joins music theory to history, history to culture, culture to aesthetics, aesthetics to psychology and psychology back to theory. In so doing, it highlights the complex interrelationships at the heart of the creation, comprehension and history of music.
Preface I. Prelude 1. Concerning the Sciences, the Arts--AND the Humanities II. Music, Perception, and Process 2. Grammatical Simplicity and Relational Richness: The Trio of Mozart's G Minor Symphony 3. Process and Morphology in the Music of Mozart 4. Melodic Processes and the Perception of Music (with Burton S. Rosner) III. Music, Culture, and History 5. Exploiting Limits: Creation, Archetypes, and Style Change 6. Nature, Nurture, and Convention: The Cadential Six-Four Progression 7. A Pride of Prejudices; Or, Delight in Diversity IV. Postlude 8. A Universe of Universals Index