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Erkki Huovinen, Pitch‐Class Constellations: Studies in the Perception of Tonal Centricity

Erkki Huovinen, Pitch‐Class Constellations: Studies in the Perception of Tonal Centricity Erkki Huovinen , Pitch‐Class Constellations: Studies in the Perception of Tonal Centricity ( Acta Musicologica Fennica no. 23 , Digipaino : University of Turku Press , 2002 ). xxi + 410 pp . ISBN 951‐98479‐1‐X (pb) . Judging from its title, Erkki Huovinen's book seems a surprising meeting of two somewhat disparate mindsets: a theoretical methodology and terminology originally designed for the analysis of post‐tonal musics; and a cognitive‐psychological tradition of empirical enquiry best suited to the statistical interpretation of experimental data. As we shall see, however, there are several ways in which the two disciplines can modulate each other's philosophy to their mutual benefit, sometimes in surprising ways, and with equally surprising ramifications for music analysis. The book's objective is simple, but ambitious: to establish the nature of Western tonality through the design and interpretation of six music cognition experiments. Of course, there are nearly as many definitions of the word ‘tonality’ as there are treatises on the subject, but Huovinen suggests that the sole factor linking the kaleidoscopic range of definitions is the concept of centricity, ‘the suggestion that a group of tones should somehow “be organized around” one central tone, or “tonic” as the Western http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Music Analysis Wiley

Erkki Huovinen, Pitch‐Class Constellations: Studies in the Perception of Tonal Centricity

Music Analysis , Volume 25 (1‐2) – Mar 1, 2006

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Erkki Huovinen , Pitch‐Class Constellations: Studies in the Perception of Tonal Centricity ( Acta Musicologica Fennica no. 23 , Digipaino : University of Turku Press , 2002 ). xxi + 410 pp . ISBN 951‐98479‐1‐X (pb) . Judging from its title, Erkki Huovinen's book seems a surprising meeting of two somewhat disparate mindsets: a theoretical methodology and terminology originally designed for the analysis of post‐tonal musics; and a cognitive‐psychological tradition of empirical enquiry best suited to the statistical interpretation of experimental data. As we shall see, however, there are several ways in which the two disciplines can modulate each other's philosophy to their mutual benefit, sometimes in surprising ways, and with equally surprising ramifications for music analysis. The book's objective is simple, but ambitious: to establish the nature of Western tonality through the design and interpretation of six music cognition experiments. Of course, there are nearly as many definitions of the word ‘tonality’ as there are treatises on the subject, but Huovinen suggests that the sole factor linking the kaleidoscopic range of definitions is the concept of centricity, ‘the suggestion that a group of tones should somehow “be organized around” one central tone, or “tonic” as the Western

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Published: Mar 1, 2006

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