Intervallic hearing: Its nature and pedagogy

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Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1978, Vol 23(12), 1019. Reviews the book, Intervallic hearing: Its nature and pedagogy by O. Szende (1977). This book reports a massive study conducted in Hungary on the judgments of musical intervals made by 887 students of music. The author's goals are threefold: (1) to establish whether there is a preference for the natural, the Pythagorean, or the equal-tempered scales among musicians, (2) to establish whether the type of instrument played determines the interval preference of musicians, and (3) to establish whether interval preference varies as a function of musical experience. All in all, this book should be examined by anyone who believes that one of the classical scale types is a good description of musical intonation as practiced by musicians. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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