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The Role of Patterning in Music

Dana Wilson
Leonardo
Vol. 22, No. 1, Art and the New Biology: Biological Forms and Patterns (1989), pp. 101-106
Published by: The MIT Press
DOI: 10.2307/1575147
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1575147
Page Count: 6
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Abstract

Patterning plays a major role in the construction of music and, apparently, in the communication of ideas. In this article, I first discuss the possible reasons for the evolution of patterning in music. Then I examine patterning in Western European 'art' music, American jazz and non-Western musics. Finally, I suggest physiological links between patterning in a composition and emotive response in a comprehending listener.

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