Book Review

"Sweet Anticipation," by David Huron--Implications for Composers

"Sweet Anticipation" is partially devoted to explaining why listeners have a positive response to music that they can successfully predict. The book also presents evidence that the pleasure felt when expectations are met is especially great when these expectations are unconscious. I give examples from popular and classical music of consciously and unconsciously recognizable material and explore what Huron's findings might mean to composers.

Journal Music Theory Online
Year 2009
Volume 15
Pages np

Aversa, Eleanor (2009) Book Review: "Sweet Anticipation," by David Huron--Implications for Composers. In: Music Theory Online, Vol. 15, pp. np. Available at


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