Tonal hierarchies in atonal and non-Western tonal music

Carol L. Krumhansl

in Cognitive Foundations of Musical Pitch

Published in print November 2001 | ISBN: 9780195148367
Published online April 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199893201 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Psychology Series

Tonal hierarchies in atonal and non-Western tonal music

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This chapter considers two musical styles outside the Western tonal-harmonic tradition. One study examines the perception of pitch structures in materials drawn from two compositions in the style of 12-tone serialism. The other study takes a cross-cultural approach, using rags from North Indian music. Each of these case studies reveals special psychological capacities and limits for perceiving complex musical sequences.

Keywords: tonal hierarchy; 12-tone serialism; North Indian music; Balinese music

Chapter.  11253 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Cognitive Psychology

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