Anticipation on the Boundaries of Musical and Pictorial Continua

  • Iacopo Hachen
  • Liliana Albertazzi
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Anticipation plays an essential role in the perception of the empirical reality. Music, because of its purely dynamical nature, is a privileged environment for the study of anticipation processes. In this chapter, we firstly discuss the current viewpoint on anticipation in music perception and the meaning of anticipation structures in general. Then we present a descriptive study of how melodies are experienced inside the psychic present, analyzing a series of musical excerpts alongside selected pictorial analogues. Focusing on the dynamic patterns shared by auditory and visual modalities, we discuss the nature of perceptual continua and their boundaries in the subjective space-time.


Anticipation Awareness Gestalt Psychology Music Perception Music Cognition Paul Klee Perceptual Continua Phenomenology Pictorial art Subjective Space-Time Visual Perception Western Music 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.International School for Advanced Studies (SISSA)TriesteItaly
  2. 2.Laboratory of Experimental Phenomenology, Department of HumanitiesUniversity of TrentoTrentoItaly

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