Tone Psychology: Volume I: The Sensation of Successive Single Tones, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Tone Psychology: Volume I

The Sensation of Successive Single Tones, 1st Edition

By Carl Stumpf


304 pages | 20 B/W Illus.

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Carl Stumpf (1848-1936) was a German philosopher and psychologist and a visionary and important academic. During his lifetime, he ranked among the most prominent scientists of his time. Stumpf's intention, as evident in his book, Tone Psychology, was to investigate the phenomenon of tone sensation in order to understand the general psychic functions and processes underlying the perception of sound and music. It could be argued that modern music psychology has lost or perhaps ignored the epistemological basis that Carl Stumpf developed in his Tone Psychology. To gain a confident psychological basis, the relevance of Stumpf's deliberations on music psychology cannot be overestimated. Analyses of the essence of tones, complex tones and sounds are fundamental topics for general psychology and epistemology. By the end of this two-volume work, Stumpf had established an epistemology of hearing.

The subject of Volume I is the sensation of successive single tones. Stumpf demonstrates that analysis leads to the realisation of a plurality (is there only one tone or are there several tones?), which is then followed by a comparison: an increase may be observed (one tone is higher than the other) or a similarity may be realised (both tones have the same pitch or the same loudness). With almost mathematical stringency, Stumpf developed a topology of tones. Volume II deals with the sensation of two simultaneous tones (musical intervals). The books are stimulating, rewarding and provocative and will appeal to music psychologists, music theorists, general psychologists, philosophers, epistemologists and neuroscientists.

Table of Contents

One: Sensory Judgements in General 1. Sensation and Judgement. Doctrine of Relativity 2. Reliability of Sensory Judgements 3. Measurement of Reliability and its Factors 4. Attention, Practice, Fatigue 5. Mediating Sensory Judgements. Transferences 6. Analysis and Comparison 7. Comparisons of Distances. Judgements that Presuppose a Standpoint Two: The Judgement of Successive Tones 8. Immediate Judgement of Tonal Qualities 9. Application of Mediating Criteria 10. Infinity and Continuity of the Tonal Domain 11. "Height and Depth". Features that Change in Parallel with the Tonal Quality 12. Conditions of Reliability 13. Individuality of Sense and Memory for Tonal Qualities 14. Series of Experiments concerning Particular Classes of Judgement 15. The Judgement of Intensities

About the Author

Carl Stumpf (1848-1936) was a German philosopher and psychologist.

About the Series

Classic European Studies in the Science of Music

Classic European Studies in the Science of Music
In 2010 The European Society for the Cognitive Sciences of Music (ESCOM) established a project to bring new, broader readerships to historically important European monographs previously only published in a language (or languages) other than English. The main criterion for inclusion in the series is that the work concerned should have made a major (and historically significant) contribution to theory or method for analysing and understanding the structure, organisation, and underlying psychological mechanisms of music, and should not have been previously published in high quality English translation.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
MUSIC / General