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Voice LeadingThe Science Behind a Musical Art$
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David. Huron

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780262034852

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262034852.001.0001

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Preference Rules

Preference Rules

(p.87) 7 Preference Rules
Voice Leading

David Huron

The MIT Press

The six auditory principles described in chapters 4, 5 and 6 are used to provide the basis for a detailed explanation of the core rules of voice leading. In presenting this explanatory account, several novel preference rules arise that are not found in past writings on voice leading. These novel rules amount to theory-generated predictions. If the perceptual theory is correct and if past composers regarded the goal of perceptually independent musical lines as worthwhile, then we might expect composers to write in a manner consistent with these novel rules. Indeed, that’s what we find: music written by past composers proves to be consistent with the new preference rules predicted by the perceptual theory.

Keywords:   music, music perception, music cognition, voice leading, part writing, preference rules, derivation, explanation

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