Modulation Theory

Guerino Mazzola, Maria Mannone, Yan Pang

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


Modulation is a central theme in tonal musical composition. It means the transition from one tonality to another. Of course such a situation is not omnipresent since either the very concept of a tonality is not given (in the composer’s or in the theorist’s mind), or when present, there is no real theory of how to modulate. This chapter dös not intend to present the one and only modulation theory, but is written to prove that precise mathematical conceptualization and the application of mathematical methods can lead to explicit and efficient models of modulation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationComputational Music Science
PublisherSpringer Nature
Number of pages12
StatePublished - 2016

Publication series

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

Bibliographical note

Publisher Copyright:
© 2016, Springer International Publishing Switzerland.


  • Major Scale
  • Music Theory
  • Musical Object
  • Pitch Class
  • Tonal Modulation


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