Leonard B. Meyer is within the scope of the Composers WikiProject, a group of editors writing and developing biographical articles about composers of all eras and styles. The project discussion page is the place to talk about technical and editorial issues and exchange ideas. New members are welcome!
Leonard B. Meyer is within the scope of WikiProject Classical music, which aims to improve, expand, copy edit, and maintain all articles related to classical music, that are not covered by other classical music related projects. Please read the guidelines for writing and maintaining articles. To participate, you can edit this article or visit the project page for more details.
This article is within the scope of the WikiProject Philosophy, which collaborates on articles related to philosophy. To participate, you can edit this article or visit the project page for more details.
"A simple piece where the audience's expectation for each musical statement was met provided no interest, and no real information to engage the listener. However, a piece where the expectations of the audience were never met voided the probability aspect of the listening experience, and so disengaged the audience." So, the listener never becomes engaged in the music? I don't understand.
I don't think that paragraph is written very clearly, but I can try to explain what it means. In Meyer's book "Emotion and Meaning in Music", he proposes that the emotional response to music comes from both the anticipation of and fulfilment of the listener's expectations. The emotion comes from being led to expect something, and then manipulating those expectations, making the listener wait for it. That's a rough idea of the concept, does it clarify things? That part of the article should probably be rewritten. - Rainwarrior 04:12, 23 May 2007 (UTC)