Redefining Pitch Proximity: Tessitura and Mobility as Constraints on Melodic Intervals

  title={Redefining Pitch Proximity: Tessitura and Mobility as Constraints on Melodic Intervals},
  author={Paul T. von Hippel},
  journal={Music Perception},
In descriptions of melodic structure, "pitch proximity" is usually defined as the tendency for small pitch intervals to outnumber large ones. This definition is valid as far as it goes; however, an alternative definition is preferable. The alternative defines pitch proximity in terms of two more basic constraints—a constraint on tessitura (or pitch distribution) and a constraint on "mobility" (or freedom of motion). This new definition offers several advantages. Whereas the usual definition… Expand

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