DOI: 10.17265/2159-5836/2014.12.005
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Sumi Shigeno

Abstract: The long-term memory for musical keys of familiar melodies was investigated. An experiment was conducted focusing on memory strength, music familiarity, and key transposition using musical pieces. Participants were eighty-one Japanese undergraduate and graduate students. Eight were absolute pitch (AP) possessors and seventy-three were non-AP possessors. Two pieces of well-known classical music were selected as stimuli. These pieces were played in seven different keys: One was an original key and the other six …

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