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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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Hierarchical Streams

Hierarchical Streams

(p.163) 13 Hierarchical Streams
Voice Leading

David Huron

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Hierarchical streaming is discussed. Auditory scenes can exhibit different levels of organization. At the lowest level, individual partials may amalgamate to form auditory images corresponding to distinct sound sources. At a higher level, these auditory images can combine together to form intermediate musical layers, dubbed textural streams. At the highest level, all of the sound sources may combine to form a unitary percept of the whole experience, dubbed a musical stream. The distinction between auditory streams and textural streams means that there is more to part-writing than simply writing parts; there is also the counterpoint of textural streams. This chapter also introduces scene analysis trees as a graphical analytic tool for better understanding different kinds of musical textures.

Keywords:   music, music perception, music cognition, voice leading, part writing, analysis trees, scene analysis trees, hierarchical streams, textural stream, musical stream

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