According to a recognized definition, a melody is a succession of musical sounds which is felt to constitute a unity. The stipulation, sometimes made, that this unity must be aesthetic, is felt to be not only ambiguous, the aesthetic depending to some degree on individual taste, but restricting, in the sense that melodies termed aesthetic by common consent would be few in number. Unity implies, first, an interrelationship, and secondly, coherence and completeness as a whole; that is, relationship and finality. The melody problem is that of discovering how a series of tonal stimuli can excite a feeling of unity.
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"A Preliminary Study of the Nature of Finality in Melody,"
Proceedings of the Iowa Academy of Science, 33(1), 279-282.
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