Music theory  

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"Writing about music is like dancing about architecture".

"As far as biological cause and effect are concerned, music is useless. It shows no signs of design for attaining a goal such as long life, grandchildren, or the accurate perception and prediction of the world." --How the Mind Works (1997) by Steven Pinker

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Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel
Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel

Music theory is the study of how music is written and played. Music theory distills and analyzes the fundamental parameters or elements of musicrhythm, harmony (harmonic function), melody, structure, form, and texture.

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