THIS STUDY FOCUSES ON THE PROCESSING of Italian Baroque composer Giovanni Legrenzi's musical style. In a previous work, Baroni, Dalmonte, and Jacoboni (2003) elaborated a generative grammar and implemented it in a computer program called LEGRE that supposedly produces pieces in the style of Legrenzi. The main purpose of the present research is to assess whether a grammar can capture stylistic features that are relevant for stylistic categorization. Four experiments were designed to inquire into the cognitive processes involved in musical style categorization. The overall set of data was then used to evaluate whether a generative grammar could describe all of the features of a style, and to shed new light onto the cognitive processes involved in musical style perception.
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