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Probing the minor tonal hierarchy

Vuvan, D.T., Prince, J.B.ORCID: 0000-0002-8267-9963 and Schmuckler, M.A. (2011) Probing the minor tonal hierarchy. Music Perception: An Interdisciplinary Journal, 28 (5). pp. 461-472.

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One facet of tonality perception that has been fairly understudied in the years since Krumhansl and colleagues' groundbreaking work on tonality (Krumhansl & Kessler, 1982; Krumhansl & Shepard, 1979) is the music theoretical notion that the minor scale can have one of three distinct forms: natural, harmonic, or melodic. The experiment reported here fills this gap by testing if listeners form distinct mental representations of the minor tonal hierarchy based on the three forms of the minor scale. Listeners heard a musical context (a scale or a sequence of chords) consisting of one of the three minor types (natural, harmonic, or melodic) and rated a probe tone according to how well it belonged with the preceding context. Listeners' probe tone ratings corresponded well to the minor type that had been heard in the preceding context, regardless of whether the context was scalar or chordal. These data expand psychological research on the perception of tonality, and provide a convenient reference point for researchers investigating the mental representation of Western musical structure.

Item Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Psychology
Publisher: University of California Press
Copyright: © 2011 University of California Press
Notes: "Published as Vuvan, D.T., Prince, J.B. and Schmuckler, M.A. (2011) Probing the minor tonal hierarchy. Music Perception: An Interdisciplinary Journal, 28 (5). pp. 461-472. © 2011 by the Regents of the University of California/Sponsoring Society or Association. Copying and permissions notice: Authorization to copy this content beyond fair use (as specified in Sections 107 and 108 of the U. S. Copyright Law) for internal or personal use, or the internal or personal use of specific clients, is granted by [the Regents of the University of California/on behalf of the Sponsoring Society] for libraries and other users, provided that they are registered with and pay the specified fee via Rightslink® on [Caliber (] or directly with the Copyright Clearance Center,"
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