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The Origin and Well-Formedness of tonal pitch structures
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 22, 2007 6:19 pm    Post subject: The Origin and Well-Formedness of tonal pitch structures Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Was looking for magic squares when I stumbled over a dissertation called "The Origin and Well-Formedness of Tonal Pitch Structures". Didn't read the whole thing yet but the introduction seemed worthwhile enough for putting up a link here.

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Music has a long history, being closely related to language and dance, and being part of every culture. Since tonal pitch structures such as scales and chords have evolved in music tradition, it is not always clear where their origin lies. For example, what is the reason that the Western diatonic scale consists of 7 notes, the Japanese pentatonic scale of 5 notes, etc.? Are these numbers arbitrary and have they arisen from di erent cultures, or are these numbers related and have they arisen from a common origin?

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thanks Jan...I'll have to read it Very Happy
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