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Practice and Performance Goals

December 26, 2012


Great article from Hal Galper – chock full of interesting stuff – I was intrigued by the paragraph below:

In “The Creative Mind/ Myths & Mechanisms“ (Basic Books), Margaret A. Boden quotes psychologist Phillip Johnson-Laird: “It has been know for some time that aesthetically pleasing melodies tend to involve a succession of small intervals followed by a larger one, and visa versa…For example (using * for the first note, R for repeat, U for up, and D for down) the opening of Beethg\oven‘s Fifth has the contour *-R-R-D-U-R-R-D, and ‘Greensleeves’ opens with *-U-U-U-U-D-D-D-D.


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