By Elizabeth Hellmuth Margulis
Winner of the Wallace Berry Award, Society for tune Theory
Winner of the Deems Taylor/Virgil Thomson Award, ASCAP
What is it in regards to the song you're keen on that makes you need to listen it again?
Why will we crave a "hook" that returns, time and again, in the similar piece?
And how does a tune prove getting caught on your head?
Whether it is a motif repeated all through a composition, a pattern looped less than an digital dance beat, a passage replayed frequently through a musician in a tradition room-or an "earworm" burrowing via your brain like a damaged record-repetition is almost as essential to tune because the notes themselves. Its centrality has been stated by way of all people from evolutionary biologist W. Tecumseh Fitch, who has known as it a "design characteristic" of song, to the composer Arnold Schoenberg who admitted that "intelligibility in tune seems most unlikely with out repetition." And but, stunningly little is de facto understood approximately repetition and its position in music.
On Repeat offers the 1st in-depth inquiry into music's repetitive nature, focusing no longer on a specific variety, or physique of labor, yet on repertoire from throughout time sessions and cultures. writer Elizabeth Hellmuth Margulis attracts on a various array of fields together with song conception, psycholinguistics, neuroscience, and cognitive psychology, to seem head-on on the underlying perceptual mechanisms linked to repetition. Her paintings sheds gentle on a number matters from repetition's use as a compositional software to its function in characterizing our habit as listeners, after which strikes past song to think about comparable implications for repetition in language, studying, and conversation.
Written in attractive prose, and enlivening differently advanced options for the professional and non-specialist alike, On Repeat will captivate students and scholars throughout quite a few disciplines from song idea and background, to psychology and neuroscience-and somebody excited about the puzzle of repetition in music.
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