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Re: average pitch used in music

Paul von Hippel wrote :
>A couple of years ago, someone reported an attempt to measure the
>distribution of pitch heights used in Western music, and wanted
>to know what else had been done in this area.
You might look at :
o FUCKS, Wilhelm (1963). Mathematische Analyse von Formalstrukturen von
Werken der Musik. Arbeitsgemeinschaft fuer Forschung des Landes
Nordrhein-Westfalen, Natur-, Ingenieur- und Gesellschaftswissenschaften,
Heft 124, 39-90. Koeln (Cologne): Westdeutscher Verlag.
-- in a quite extensive manner examining pitch distribution, duration,
and intervals of consecutive tones for a period extending over five
centuries (1500-1960, Palestrina-Nono). (In German)
Another one of interest might be :
o VOSS, R.F., CLARKE, J. (1978). “‘1/f noise’ in music: Music from 1/f
noise.” Journ. Acoust.Soc.Am. 63 (1): 257–63.
-- considering 1/f-noise as a possible determinant to the frequency and
duration of each note in music.

Hope it's being helpful.
Alexandra Hettergott.

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