Melodic Aspects

Part of the Computational Music Science book series (CMS)


Melody is a central aspect of musical creation. In most popular music, the melody is the only characteristic feature that is retained and memorized by everybody. This is certainly also due to the fact that the human voice is the first of all valid musical instruments, and that melody relates to music for and by human voices. Knowing this dominant role of melody, many instructors stress composing cantabile (in a singing manner) and then also performing as if one were singing—even on instruments (such as the piano) where this approach is somewhat artificial in view of their mechanical construction (the piano being more a percussive than a melodic instrument). Mozart was in fact famous for his “oily flowing” pianistic attack.


Boolean Operation Popular Music Human Voice Music Theory Triangular Surface 
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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2011

Authors and Affiliations

  • Guerino Mazzola
    • 1
    • 2
  • Joomi Park
    • 3
  • Florian Thalmann
    • 1
  1. 1.School of MusicUniversity of MinnesotaMinneapolisUSA
  2. 2.Department of InformaticsUniversity of ZurichZurichSwitzerland
  3. 3.McNally Smith College of MusicSaint PaulUSA

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