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Regarding the beginning of Gould's B minor fugue, WTC 1, performance

I've listened to Gould's performance of this piece many times, sometimes following the score, and I've noticed that maybe Gould plays this piece wrong at the beginning. Unfortunately, I am unable to ...
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Formalizing “surprising, yet inevitable”

My music teacher told me that one property of great music is that it is both surprising and inevitable - you don't expect something, but looking back you see that it has been carefully prepared for. ...
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Are all modes/scales in a given key signature perceived as equally bright/dark?

Many people experience certain keys to be "brighter" or "sharper" relative to other keys. Keys with more sharps than flats are reported as being "brighter" and keys with more flats than sharps as ...
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Number of notes in a tune such that it is metrically sensible

I am computationally generating short tunes (aiming for around 10-15 notes, 0.5 seconds per note) for a psychology experiment. I am wondering exactly how many notes I should have per tune, so that the ...
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Hearing Aid Problem

A man with a ‘hearing aid’ can communicate easily, but cannot enjoy the fun of music. Why does the person clearly understand the human voice but not the music?
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Does everybody perceive the same tonic?

Lets say I play a big chromatic chord (Like a tone cluster) - After hearing that chord, I have a tonic (Fact). My question is - will everybody get the same tonic? If there are multiple tonal centers ...
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Why are the alto saxophone and cello allegedly so similar to the human voice?

I once heard that Percy Grainger claimed the alto saxophone was the instrument most akin to the human voice; I've heard other claims that the cello is similarly close. Are there any scientific data to ...
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What circumstances affect the perception of the accuracy of the pitch adversely?

I recently played at Open Mic on the violin and today I saw the video of it and it was completely out of the tune that I wanted to tear all my hair. I never play so badly even when I just practice. ...
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Is 440hz always perceived as the same note no matter the vibrating medium, athmosphere and environment?

When I produce a 440hz signal is it in all conditions (air-pressure, medium or compositon of the athmosphere, on a mountain, on alien planets etc.) perceived as the same note? Assuming a human can ...