A Psychological Approach to Musical Form: The Habituation-Fluency Theory of Repetition

  title={A Psychological Approach to Musical Form: The Habituation-Fluency Theory of Repetition},
  author={David Huron},
  journal={Current Musicology},
  • D. Huron
  • Published 22 September 2013
  • Art
  • Current Musicology
With the possible exception of dance and meditation, there appears to be nothing else in common human experience that is comparable to music in its repetitiveness (Kivy 1993; Ockelford 2005; Margulis 2013). Narrative artifacts like movies, novels, cartoon strips, stories, and speeches have much less internal repetition. Even poetry is less repetitive than music. Occasionally, architecture can approach music in repeating some elements, but only sometimes. There appears to be no visual analog to… 

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