Psychology of Music

ISBN-10: 0486218511

ISBN-13: 9780486218519

Edition: Reprint 

Authors: Carl E. Seashore

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Standard study by founder of Seashore test. Relationship between physical phenomena of sounds and our perception of them. Music as a medium, physical acoustics, auditory apparatus, sound perception, host of other topics. 88 figures. "The thinking is rigorous and objective"-Music Teacher (London).
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List price: $15.95
Publisher: Dover Publications, Incorporated
Publication date: 6/1/1967
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 408
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.990
Language: English

List of Illustrations
The Musical Mind
The sensory capacities
Musical imagery, imagination, and memory
Musical intelligence
Musical feeling
Musical performance
The meaning of this analysis
The Musical Medium
Musician, music, listener
Characteristics of the sound wave
Frequency: pitch
Musical aspects of pitch intonation
Intensity: loudness
Musical aspects of loudness
Duration: time
Musical aspects of time
Wave form: timbre
Musical aspects of tonal timbre
The musical performance score
The Science of Music
Scope of the subject
The performer, the music, the listener
General principles of science
Basic principles in the psychology of music
A Musical Ornament, the Vibrato
Nature of the vibrato
An example of the vocal vibrato
An example of instrumental vibrato
Frequency of occurrence, extent and rate of vibratos
Normal illusions which make for beauty of vibrato
The nature of beauty in the vibrato
Ear training for the vibrato
Use and abuse of the vibrato
The vibrato, good, bad, indifferent, and ideal
Pitch: Frequency
The nature of pitch
Limits of audible pitch
Pitch discrimination
Absolute pitch
The significance of individual differences
Normal illusions of pitch
Subjective tones
The first difference tone
Other difference tones
Summation tones
Subjective harmonics
The difference tone a substitute for a low fundamental
Pitch performance
Loudness: Intensity
The role of intensity
Sensitivity or hearing ability
Deterioration with age: presbycousis
Children's hearing
Discrimination: the sense of intensity
Number of audible differences in loudness
Motor capacities
Intensity characteristics of musical tones
Amplification of sound
Duration: Time
Nature of the perception of time
Discrimination: the sense of time
Normal illusions of time
Timbre: Wave Form
The nature of timbre
Harmonic analysis
Synthetic tones
Timbre discrimination: the sense of timbre
Tone Quality: Sonance
Analogy in moving pictures
Types of sonance
Sonance in attack, release, and portamento
The inside of a vocal tone
What is in a name?
Sonance in speech
Nature of the vowel in music and speech
The problem of formant regions
Dependence of harmonic structure upon fundamental pitch and total intensity in the vowel
Conversational vs. audience voice
The nature of consonance
The psychological approach
Six psychological problems
Order of merit in each of four criteria
Order of rank on three criteria combined
The sense of consonance
Spatial factors
Quantitative factors
Qualitative factors
Temporal factors
Subjective factors
Carrying power
The nature of rhythm
What rhythm does
Individual differences in musical rhythm
Psychology of rhythm
Learning in Music
Twelve rules for efficient learning in music (to the pupil)
Some specific applications (to the instructor)
Imagining in Music
The analogy in sculpture and painting
Comparison of musicians and scientists
R. Schumann
Supplementary imagery
Living in a tonal world
The development of imagery
Individual differences in mental imagery
Thinking in Music
The issue
The nature of musical intelligence
How musicians rate
Nature of Musical Feeling
Determined by capacities
Intensified by pursuit
Characterized by intelligence and motor skills
Transfer to other situations
Timbre of Band and Orchestral Instruments
The bassoon
The clarinet
The French horn
The baritone horn
The cornet
The slide trom bone
The flute
The oboe
The tuba
The violin performance score
The violin phrasing score
Comparison of the performance of two players
The pitch factor
The intensity factor
The temporal aspect
The timbre aspect
Intervals: the problem of scales
Piano touch
The piano camera
The piano performance score
Section of Chopin Nocturne No. 6
Similarity in statement and restatement
Consistency of interpretation
Asynchronization of chords
The tonal aspect: pitch
The dynamic aspect: intensity
The temporal aspect: time
Time and stress: rhythm
The qualitative aspect: timbre and sonance
Principles of Guidance in Music
The problem
Paving the way
Reminiscent incidents
Principles of measurement and guidance
Sources of error in guidance procedures
Measures of Musical Talent
What can we measure?
Principles involved in the elementary battery of measures of musical talent
Criticisms of this approach
Purpose of the phonograph records and supplementary procedures
The basis for rank order
The uses of these measures
Analysis of Talent in a Music School
Origin of the Eastman School experiment
Plan and purpose of the experiment
Representative profiles
Stability of the classification
Retests of adults and children
Bearing on success in the college music course
Analysis of Talent in the Public School
The Lincoln experiment
The Rochester service
Procedure in the guidance program
The training of teachers and supervisors
The organization of a guidance program for the public school
The Inheritance of Musical Talent
The nature of the inheritance of musical talent
Basic approaches now available
Possible ways of organizing investigation
The naturalist's point of view
Primitive Music
Musical anthropology through phonophotography
Negro songs
The Development of Musical Skills
Control of pitch intonation
Control of intensity
Control of time and rhythm
The rhythm meter
Training for precision in rhythmic action
Control of timbre
General significance of specific training for skills
Musical Esthetics
Approaches to musical esthetics
Esthetics as a normative science
The musical message
Index to Authors Mentioned or Quoted in the Text
Index to Musicians
Index to Compositions
Subject Index
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