Motif Gestalts

  • Guerino Mazzola
Part of the Computational Music Science book series (CMS)


This chapter is not only a good test-case for the mathematization of elementary music concepts, it is above all a refined study of turning fuzzy concept sketches of the humanities into precise and consistent frameworks—without the expected side-effect of “terrible mathematical simplification”. In the present case of motives, our topic is—within the general task of grasping motivic phenomena—the construction of Rudolph Reti's immanent motif analysis.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Guerino Mazzola
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  1. 1.School of MusicUniversity of MinnesotaMinneapolisUSA

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