From 1998 to 2000, I worked as a postdoc in the Cognitive and Systematic Musicology Lab at Ohio State University. I did research on chord structure, on musical symmetry, on melodic structure, and on listeners’ tonal and melodic expectations. I’m still interested.
- von Hippel, P.T., & Huron, D. (2020). Tonal and” anti-tonal” cognitive structure in Viennese twelve-tone rows. Empirical Musicology Review.
- Aarden, B., & von Hippel, P.T. (2004). “Rules for chord-tone doubling (and spacing): Which ones do we need?” Music Theory Online 2.
- Hunter, D.J., & von Hippel, P.T. (2003). “How rare is symmetry in musical 12-tone rows?” American Mathematical Monthly 110(2), 124-132.
- von Hippel, P.T. (2002). “Melodic expectation rules as learned heuristics.” Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on Music Perception and Cognition. Adelaide: Causal Productions.
- von Hippel, P.T., & Huron, D. (2000). “Why do skips precede reversals? The effect of tessitura constraints on melodic structure.” Music Perception 18(1), 59-85.
- von Hippel, P.T. (2000). “Redefining pitch proximity: Tessitura and mobility as constraints on melodic intervals.” Music Perception 17(3), 315-327.
- von Hippel, P.T. (2000). “Questioning a melodic archetype: Do listeners use gap-fill to classify melodies?” Music Perception 18(2), 139-153.
I play keyboards in classical and jazz styles and a little bit of ukulele and banjo. I contributed a short piece, “Kodaly’s Music Box,” to Guy Livingston’s 2001 CD Sixty Seconds for Piano. (Spotify link).
Here are some choral arrangements of black spirituals that I wrote in graduate school while working as a church organist and music director. These have been performed by several choirs in the US and Europe.
- von Hippel, P.T. (1996). “Free at Last.“
- von Hippel, P.T. (1996). “Steal Away.“
- von Hippel, P.T. (2002). “Live A-Humble.“
And here is a short barbershop number that I wrote while standing over my daughter’s changing table.
- von Hippel, P.T. (2003). “Big Soggy Diaper.“