Musical Forces: Motion, Metaphor, and Meaning in Music

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Indiana University Press, Jan 31, 2012 - Music - 390 pages

Steve Larson drew on his 20 years of research in music theory, cognitive linguistics, experimental psychology, and artificial intelligence—as well as his skill as a jazz pianist—to show how the experience of physical motion can shape one's musical experience. Clarifying the roles of analogy, metaphor, grouping, pattern, hierarchy, and emergence in the explanation of musical meaning, Larson explained how listeners hear tonal music through the analogues of physical gravity, magnetism, and inertia. His theory of melodic expectation goes beyond prior theories in predicting complete melodic patterns. Larson elegantly demonstrated how rhythm and meter arise from, and are given meaning by, these same musical forces.

 

Contents

FOREWORD BY ROBERT S HATTEN
Pattern Meaning Analogy
The Metaphor of Musical Motion
Gravity Magnetism and Inertia
A Theory of Melodic Expectation
Rhythm Meter and Musical Forces
Analyses
An Introduction to Part 2
Results
Summary and Prospects
GLOSSARY
BIBLIOGRAPHY
INDEX
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About the author (2012)

Steve Larson (1955-2011) was the Robert M. Trotter Professor of Music at the University of Oregon and a member of its Institute of Cognitive and Decision Sciences. He was author of Analyzing Jazz: A Schenkerian Approach.

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