Introduction/Preface/Dichotomies/Cultural Habits

The Slavic preference for the chromatic minor mode has very little, if anything, to do with the structure of Music itself, being no more than the choice of one strong mode over the others. We therefore do not feel that these preferences are part of Intuition which we prefer to see acting and participating in the basic structure (vocabulary, grammar, and syntax) of the musical language. Many other examples of preference could be cited, like the asiatic pentatonic system (tuned in perfect fifths) or the French use of small Level 0 (due to the unique scansion of the language), but it seems sufficient to merely define Intuition as excluding these preferences.

Hot and Cold Climates
Despite the above-mentioned disclaimer,
     it is nevertheless interesting to notice some geographical divergences,
          especially those associated with chrominicism.
     In the music of equatorial countries (Mexican, Caribbean, Mediterranean)
          the use of DOMINANT-TONIC swing chord patterns,
                    M4 (V-I), M34 (I-V, V-I), M5324 (I-I, I-V, V-V, V-I),
               is current, not to say endemic, while
     in the music of northern countries (especially Scottish and German)
          the use of the half-circle chord pattern, M74 (I-IV, V-I),
               is far more popular,
          leading us to believe that -
               warm climates seem to produce simpler, more melodic music, and
               cool climates seem to produce more complex, developed music.

Taste and Styles
Needless to add that all the preferences, collectively cultural or completely individual,
          as interesting as they may be, especially if we start to understand them,
     have nothing whatever to do with the basic structure of music,
          which has ample space to include them all.

Philosophical Dichotomies
Music Dichotomies
Melody and Development
Harmony Dichotomies
Rhythmic Containers
Intuition and Knowledge

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