A correlation between "chills" and specific tempos might partially account for the notion of the "right tempo" in Western art-music performance. Thus, as a call for empirical research, I hypothesize that, for a given passage of music, there is a set of specific optimal tempos (related by transposition and/or proportion) for which the character, coherence, and vitality of the music can be significantly more well marked than for all other tempos.

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