Global Music

Guerino Mazzola, Maria Mannone, Yan Pang, Margaret O’Brien, Nathan Torunsky

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


As a map of the world can be covered by a superposition of smaller maps of the different continents, music also has a global aspect. Each musical work can be seen as a whole (global) and its superposition of parts (local). The same can happen to tempo, where we can define hierarchies. Music is global in the sense that pieces and recordings can be shared through all the time and space in the world. However, a global level in the Renaissance or Baroque periods would have a much different meaning than today. If you asked Bach about globality, his answer would be totally different than from one of today’s composers. Bach would be ecstatic if his piece reached a different continent. Today, many musicians celebrate being world stars via YouTube.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationComputational Music Science
PublisherSpringer Nature
Number of pages10
StatePublished - 2016

Publication series

NameComputational Music Science
ISSN (Print)1868-0305
ISSN (Electronic)1868-0313

Bibliographical note

Publisher Copyright:
© 2016, Springer International Publishing AG.


  • Brain Opus
  • Music Notation
  • Musical Object
  • Musical Work
  • Time Hierarchy


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