Musical intonation – as well as intonation in general – is not possible without a material vehicle, i.e., without the musical material. In every musical culture, musical material is a result of complex processes. It constitutes a primary element used by collective or individual subjects in order to make their creative inventions perceivable.
Musical material as an historic (social) product
in a unique way the human approach to reality in general – not only to sonic reality. This “
is mediated by notions about reality and these notions govern any concrete formulation of musical material. Musical material does not exist in some kind of neutral substratum, but as an intersubjective relation. Such a relation concerns evaluating and determining the ways in which sonic continuity may be fragmented. It also concerns evaluating and determining the ways that it may be musically acceptable or rejected.