Mathematical study suggests similarities between tonal music and literature

An Argentinian physicist argues that musical notes generally “are strung together in the same patterns as words in a piece of literature,” but that atonal compositions lack the forms of coherence that attract most people to tonal music. The study found that “piano pieces have a text-like property,” whereas an atonal composition has “less structure and less context; it is like a story whose characters are constantly changing.” (Via Slashdot, via Mr. Maud.)