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Table of Contents

Preface to the 1996 reprint
Part one : Theoretical perspective.
Music theory as psychology
The connection with linguistics
The connection with artistic concerns
The overall form of the theory
Part two : Introduction to rhythmic structure.
Grouping structure
Metrical structure
The interaction of grouping and meter
The relation of structural accent to grouping and meter
Part three : Grouping structure.
Grouping well-formedness rules
Perceptual motivation for the preference rule formalism
Grouping preference rules
Grouping overlaps
The performer's influence on preferred hearing
Two more examples
Part four : Metrical structure.
Metrical well-formedness rules
Metrical preference rules
Further metrical preference rules
Variations on the metrical well-formedness rules
Metrical irregularities at hypermeasure levels
Part five : Introduction to reductions.
The need for reductions
Possible formal approaches to reduction
The tree notation for reductions
Preliminary construction of reductions
Part six : Time-span reduction : the analytic system.
Time-span segmentation
Time-span trees and metrical structure
Time-span trees and structural accents
Details of cadential reduction
Background structures and the location of the structural dominant
A complete time-span reduction
Part seven : Formalization of time-span reduction.
Time-span segmentation
Time-span reduction well-formedness rules
Preference rules within phrases
Structural accents of groups
Concluding remarks
Part eight : Prolongational reduction : the analytic system.
Intuitions about tension and relaxation
Preliminaries to prolongational trees
Prolongational trees
A secondary notation
A complete prolongational reduction
Part nine : Formalization of prolongational reduction.
Fundamental hypotheses
Prolongational reduction well-formedness rules
Prolongational regions
Prolongational reduction preference rules
The interaction principle
Normative prolongational structure
Binary form and sonata form
Reflections on musical cognition and music as an art
Part ten : Some analyses.
A complex rhythmic example
Motivic structure and time-span reduction
Some time-span and prolongational reductions
Possible refinements in prolongational reduction
Part eleven : Musical universals and related issues.
What is a musical universal?
Musical innateness
Summary of rhythmic features
Motivic "transformations," "Deep structures," and musical "archetypes"
Remarks on the basis of tonal systems
Remarks on contemporary music
Part twelve : Psychological and linguistic connections.
Gestalt theory and visual form perception
Preference rules in linguistic theory
A deep parallel between music and language
A remark on brain localization
Music theory as a cognitive science

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Bibliography: p. [353]-359.
Includes index.

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The MIT Press series on cognitive theory and mental representation
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MT6.L36 G4 1983, MT7, MT6

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xiv, 368 p.
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