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Expectation and Anticipation -“The Music Instinct : How Music Works and Why We Can’t Do Without It” – Philip Ball

May 8th, 2011 · No Comments · Culture, Music

For now it is enough to say that the hierarchy and different stabilities of musical notes create a context of expectation and anticipation, which the composer or performer manipulates to make music come alive and convey something akin to meaning. If the melody moves from a note of lesser to greater stability, we sense a reduction of tension, as though some constraint has been relaxed.

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