Scientific Approaches to Music Theory

1. Statistical theory

semiotic analysis-[study of musical signs]

2. Princeton theorists

Babbitt, Forte, Rahn, Boretz, Edward T. Cone, Paul Henry Lang

a) tonal music

b) non-serial atonal music

c) serial music

Milton Babbitt


“Past and Present Concepts of the Nature and Limits of Music”

“The Structure and Function of Musical Theory