Tonality induction: Theoretical problems and dilemmas
Journal/Book: Music Percept. 2000; 17: C/O Journals Division 2000 Center St, Ste 303, Berkeley, CA 94704-1223, USA. Univ Calif Press. 403-416.
Abstract: Fundamental problems and dilemmas for the study of tonality induction are reviewed. I focus on two different, although related types of research impediments. The first is the fuzziness of the key notion ''tonality'' itself, which leads to divergent conceptualizations of tonality induction, such as ''key finding,'' ''tonal induction,'' ''tonal center perception,'' and ''tonal feeling.'' I argue that the fuzziness is largely due to the lack of well-defined historical or otherwise categorical boundaries of ''Western tonal music.'' The second impediment arises from various dualities in music, notably tone versus note representations, tonal versus intervallic representations, horizontal (''leading voice'') cues for tonality induction versus vertical ones (''fundamentals''), and tonal versus temporal tonality induction cues. (Dis)advantages of various interpretations of tonality induction and of solutions of the dualities in question are considered. A few recommendations for reconciliation between currently divergent theoretical approaches to tonality induction are suggested.
Note: Article Vos PG, Univ Nijmegen, NICI, Post Box 9104, NL-6500 HE Nijmegen, NETHERLANDS
Keyword(s): PERCEIVED KEY MOVEMENT; CHORALE SEQUENCES; MUSIC COGNITION; 4-VOICE HARMONY; SINGLE VOICES; MODEL; PERCEPTION