Perceiving the end: effects of tonal relationships on melodic completion.

@article{Boltz1989PerceivingTE,
  title={Perceiving the end: effects of tonal relationships on melodic completion.},
  author={Marilyn Gail Boltz},
  journal={Journal of experimental psychology. Human perception and performance},
  year={1989},
  volume={15 4},
  pages={749-61}
}
Two experiments examined listeners' sensitivity to the structural markers of melodic completion. In Experiment 1, both musicians and nonmusicians were asked to rate the ending of folk melodies for their degree of "completeness" and "tonal appropriateness." Results showed that melodies ending with the conventional leading tone-to-tonic progression were rated the most complete and tonally appropriate to the underlying key, more so than melodies ending with the submediant-to-tonic or the tonic-to… CONTINUE READING

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