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Speaking Music

A big and very basic question in music is: How can one generate an apparently unlimited world of musical ideas and musical drama, using just 12 tones and their octaves? Here we shouldn’t forget, of course, that the ideas and dramas are processes going on in the minds of the listeners, not in the notes per se. The stark contrast between an extremely limited system of tones, and a seemingly unlimited range of musical ideas, points to the function of tonal ambiguities as turning-points or singularities in the dynamic process of evoking ideas in the minds of the listeners. Here one example I have been looking at: example ambiguity
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