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Sweet Anticipation: Music and the Psychology of Expectation – By David Huron

Sweet Anticipation: Music and the Psychology of Expectation – By David Huron David Huron , Sweet Anticipation: Music and the Psychology of Expectation ( Cambridge, MA : MIT Press , 2006 ). 476 pp. £25.95. ISBN 0‐262‐08345‐0 ( hb ). Leonard B. Meyer's 1956 book Emotion and Meaning in Music put the idea that music might be understood in terms of expectation firmly on the map of modern music theory, and since then a significant number of other music theorists and psychologists (among them Ray Jackendoff, Elizabeth Margulis, Eugene Narmour and Barbara Tillmann) have explored the ways in which this central idea might shed light on all kinds of musical processes. Sweet Anticipation by David Huron, however, takes this enterprise to a new level, and in its range, rigour and insights constitutes an astonishing achievement. Although it announces itself as a book about expectation in music, it goes well beyond what that might imply and is more like a broad and encompassing theory of music perception and cognition, with expectation as the central concept. David Huron is Professor of Music at Ohio State University and for the best part of twenty years has been at the forefront (if not the defining figure) of research on music using systematic approaches to http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Music Analysis Wiley

Sweet Anticipation: Music and the Psychology of Expectation – By David Huron

Music Analysis , Volume 27 (2‐3) – Jul 1, 2008

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Wiley
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© 2009 The Author. Journal compilation © 2009 Blackwell Publishing Ltd.
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0262-5245
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1468-2249
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10.1111/j.1468-2249.2009.00288.x
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David Huron , Sweet Anticipation: Music and the Psychology of Expectation ( Cambridge, MA : MIT Press , 2006 ). 476 pp. £25.95. ISBN 0‐262‐08345‐0 ( hb ). Leonard B. Meyer's 1956 book Emotion and Meaning in Music put the idea that music might be understood in terms of expectation firmly on the map of modern music theory, and since then a significant number of other music theorists and psychologists (among them Ray Jackendoff, Elizabeth Margulis, Eugene Narmour and Barbara Tillmann) have explored the ways in which this central idea might shed light on all kinds of musical processes. Sweet Anticipation by David Huron, however, takes this enterprise to a new level, and in its range, rigour and insights constitutes an astonishing achievement. Although it announces itself as a book about expectation in music, it goes well beyond what that might imply and is more like a broad and encompassing theory of music perception and cognition, with expectation as the central concept. David Huron is Professor of Music at Ohio State University and for the best part of twenty years has been at the forefront (if not the defining figure) of research on music using systematic approaches to

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Music AnalysisWiley

Published: Jul 1, 2008

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