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Research Article

The Science of Harmony: A Psychophysical Basis for Perceptual Tensions and Resolutions in Music

Table 1

Summary of correlations with consonance rankings and historical chord use.

Stationary harmonyTransitional harmony

Dyads/intervals
(2 notes)
Triads
(3 notes)
Triads & tetrads
(3 or 4 notes)
All transitionsAll transitions
Excl. comp.
Resolutions

r= 0.922r=0.907r= 0.903r= 0.970r= 0.996
p=0.0001p=0.0000p=0.0000p=0.0000p=0.0000

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