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The purpose of the present study was to examine the extent to which individual performers can influence listener perceptions of tension in music. Participants were 120 college music majors who listened to short excerpts of two different performances of Mozart’s Concerto for Horn and Orchestra...
This study investigated the ways in which musical preferences might vary with the listening situation. Independent groups of subjects were presented with a verbal description of 1 of 17 different music listening situations and asked to rate the importance of 27 musical descriptors, if they were...
The purpose of the present investigation was to analyze the four performances of an excerpt from the Mozart Concerto Number 2 in Eb Major for Horn and Orchestra, used in a previous study, and to determine the elements of rhythmic variation used by the soloists. Two of these performances had been...
The purpose of this study was to gain insight into children’s ability to discriminate change within the temporal flow of a theme and variations musical form. Subjects in kindergarten and second and fourth grades (N=43) manipulated the pointer of a Continuous Response Digital Interface dial...
Theories arguing that specific skills are acquired through extended practice cannot easily account for some musicians’ ability to perform unfamiliar music without preparation at first sight (sight-reading). This study identified the source of individual differences in this ability among expert...
Twenty-three right-handed highly skilled percussionists and pianists performed polymeters (2:3, 3:4, and 4:5) with two hand combinations (L:R and R:L) in six contexts (permutations of free, pulsed, and synchronous). The dependent variable was tapping consistency, as measured by standard...
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