Preface, xi. Sheet Music and Notation, xi. The Elements and Nature of Sound, xiii. Consonance and Dissonance in Sound, xiv. Music: Sound in Time xiv. Music Fundamentals Primer. Lesson 1 – Clefs and Pitch Notation. The notation of pitch has evolved over the centuries into our modern system that employs a. Music is a very large subject, and the advanced theory that students will want to .. may print these exercises as a PDF worksheet5 if you like.
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Welcome to the English Conversation Class sponsored by the Church of Jesus Christ We teach Beginning English Conversat. THIS present book represents the last of the three large textbooks on music theory The Fundamentals of Musical Composition grew out of Schoenberg's work. PDF | This textbook provides both profound technological knowledge and a comprehensive treatment of essential topics in music processing and music.
And just because some people can succeed without one or more basic skills, it is shortsighted, and probably unrealistic, for you to believe that you can too. But how do we go about learning to practice musical fundamentals? What is involved? Is there a right way and a wrong way? These center on setting realistic goals, frequency of practice, and a variety of materials. The first step to successful practicing is to set both short- and long-term goals. What do you want to learn today, tomorrow, next week?
You will always be better off if you work toward specific goals rather than nebulous ones. The second step of successful practice involves frequency of repetition. We learn by doing, over and over if necessary. The same is true in learning the fundamentals of music. Instead, we get better in plateaus.
Success will come, but not at the same rate every day. The third step toward mastering music fundamentals is to practice a variety of materials from day to day rather than repeating the same exercises over and over. It is less boring to have variety, and it helps you learn faster because you approach the same material from different points of view.
This is where this book comes in. I have tried to give you a sequence of topics to practice along with a variety of ways to approach each one, particularly in the areas of notation, common meters and rhythmic patterns, interval recognition, key signatures, scales, and chords.
Remember, you must make the commitment and stick with it. There really is no other way. Dissonance or discord is the opposite in that it feels incomplete and "wants to" resolve to a consonant interval. Dissonant intervals seem to clash.
Consonant intervals seem to sound comfortable together. Commonly, perfect fourths, fifths, and octaves and all major and minor thirds and sixths are considered consonant. All others are dissonant to greater or lesser degree. Context and many other aspects can affect apparent dissonance and consonance.
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For example, in a Debussy prelude, a major second may sound stable and consonant, while the same interval may sound dissonant in a Bach fugue. In the Common Practice era, the perfect fourth is considered dissonant when not supported by a lower third or fifth.
Since the early 20th century, Arnold Schoenberg 's concept of "emancipated" dissonance, in which traditionally dissonant intervals can be treated as "higher," more remote consonances, has become more widely accepted.
Rhythm is produced by the sequential arrangement of sounds and silences in time. Meter measures music in regular pulse groupings, called measures or bars. The time signature or meter signature specifies how many beats are in a measure, and which value of written note is counted or felt as a single beat. Through increased stress, or variations in duration or articulation, particular tones may be accented.
There are conventions in most musical traditions for regular and hierarchical accentuation of beats to reinforce a given meter. Syncopated rhythms contradict those conventions by accenting unexpected parts of the beat. In recent years, rhythm and meter have become an important area of research among music scholars.
A melody is a series of tones sounding in succession that typically move toward a climax of tension then resolve to a state of rest.
Because melody is such a prominent aspect in so much music, its construction and other qualities are a primary interest of music theory.
The basic elements of melody are pitch, duration, rhythm, and tempo. The tones of a melody are usually drawn from pitch systems such as scales or modes. Melody may consist, to increasing degree, of the figure, motive, semi-phrase, antecedent and consequent phrase, and period or sentence.
The period may be considered the complete melody, however some examples combine two periods, or use other combinations of constituents to create larger form melodies.
A chord, in music , is any harmonic set of three or more notes that is heard as if sounding simultaneously. Chords and sequences of chords are frequently used in modern Western, West African,  and Oceanian  music, whereas they are absent from the music of many other parts of the world. The most frequently encountered chords are triads , so called because they consist of three distinct notes: The most common chords are the major and minor triads and then the augmented and diminished triads.
The descriptions major , minor , augmented , and diminished are sometimes referred to collectively as chordal quality. Chords are also commonly classed by their root note—so, for instance, the chord C major may be described as a triad of major quality built on the note C. Chords may also be classified by inversion , the order in which the notes are stacked.
A series of chords is called a chord progression. Although any chord may in principle be followed by any other chord, certain patterns of chords have been accepted as establishing key in common-practice harmony. To describe this, chords are numbered, using Roman numerals upward from the key-note ,  per their diatonic function. Common ways of notating or representing chords  in western music other than conventional staff notation include Roman numerals , figured bass much used in the Baroque era , macro symbols sometimes used in modern musicology , and various systems of chord charts typically found in the lead sheets used in popular music to lay out the sequence of chords so that the musician may play accompaniment chords or improvise a solo.
In music , harmony is the use of simultaneous pitches tones , notes , or chords. In popular and jazz harmony , chords are named by their root plus various terms and characters indicating their qualities. For example, a lead sheet may indicate chords such as C major, D minor, and G dominant seventh. In many types of music, notably Baroque, Romantic, modern, and jazz, chords are often augmented with "tensions". A tension is an additional chord member that creates a relatively dissonant interval in relation to the bass.
Typically, in the classical common practice period a dissonant chord chord with tension "resolves" to a consonant chord. Harmonization usually sounds pleasant to the ear when there is a balance between the consonant and dissonant sounds. In simple words, that occurs when there is a balance between "tense" and "relaxed" moments. Timbre, sometimes called "color", or "tone color," is the principal phenomenon that allows us to distinguish one instrument from another when both play at the same pitch and volume, a quality of a voice or instrument often described in terms like bright, dull, shrill, etc.
It is of considerable interest in music theory, especially because it is one component of music that has as yet, no standardized nomenclature. It has been called " Timbre is principally determined by two things: Timbre varies widely between different instruments, voices, and to lesser degree, between instruments of the same type due to variations in their construction, and significantly, the performer's technique. The timbre of most instruments can be changed by employing different techniques while playing.
For example, the timbre of a trumpet changes when a mute is inserted into the bell, the player changes their embouchure, or volume. A voice can change its timbre by the way the performer manipulates their vocal apparatus, e. Musical notation frequently specifies alteration in timbre by changes in sounding technique, volume, accent, and other means.
These are indicated variously by symbolic and verbal instruction. For example, the word dolce sweetly indicates a non-specific, but commonly understood soft and "sweet" timbre. Sul tasto instructs a string player to bow near or over the fingerboard to produce a less brilliant sound. Cuivre instructs a brass player to produce a forced and stridently brassy sound. In music, " dynamics " normally refers to variations of intensity or volume, as may be measured by physicists and audio engineers in decibels or phons.
In music notation, however, dynamics are not treated as absolute values, but as relative ones. Because they are usually measured subjectively, there are factors besides amplitude that affect the performance or perception of intensity, such as timbre, vibrato, and articulation.
The conventional indications of dynamics are abbreviations for Italian words like forte f for loud and piano p for soft.
These two basic notations are modified by indications including mezzo piano mp for moderately soft literally "half soft" and mezzo forte mf for moderately loud, sforzando or sforzato sfz for a surging or "pushed" attack, or fortepiano fp for a loud attack with a sudden decrease to a soft level. The full span of these markings usually range from a nearly inaudible pianissississimo pppp to a loud-as-possible fortissississimo ffff.
Other systems of indicating volume are also used in both notation and analysis: Articulation is the way the performer sounds notes. For example, staccato is the shortening of duration compared to the written note value, legato performs the notes in a smoothly joined sequence with no separation.
Articulation is often described rather than quantified, therefore there is room to interpret how to execute precisely each articulation. For example, staccato is often referred to as "separated" or "detached" rather than having a defined or numbered amount by which to reduce the notated duration. Violin players use a variety of techniques to perform different qualities of staccato.
The manner in which a performer decides to execute a given articulation is usually based on the context of the piece or phrase, but many articulation symbols and verbal instructions depend on the instrument and musical period e. There are a set of articulations that most instruments and voices perform in common. They are—from long to short: Many of these can be combined to create certain "in-between" articulations. For example, portato is the combination of tenuto and staccato.
Some instruments have unique methods by which to produce sounds, such as spicatto for bowed strings, where the bow bounces off the string. In music , texture is how the melodic , rhythmic , and harmonic materials are combined in a composition , thus determining the overall quality of the sound in a piece. Texture is often described in regard to the density, or thickness, and range , or width, between lowest and highest pitches, in relative terms as well as more specifically distinguished according to the number of voices, or parts, and the relationship between these voices.
For example, a thick texture contains many "layers" of instruments. One of these layers could be a string section, or another brass. The thickness also is affected by the amount and the richness of the instruments playing the piece.
The thickness varies from light to thick.
A lightly textured piece will have light, sparse scoring. A thickly or heavily textured piece will be scored for many instruments. A piece's texture may be affected by the number and character of parts playing at once, the timbre of the instruments or voices playing these parts and the harmony, tempo , and rhythms used.
Common types included monophonic texture a single melodic voice, such as a piece for solo soprano or solo flute , biphonic texture two melodic voices, such as a duo for bassoon and flute in which the bassoon plays a drone note and the flute plays the melody , polyphonic texture and homophonic texture chords accompanying a melody. The term musical form or musical architecture refers to the overall structure or plan of a piece of music, and it describes the layout of a composition as divided into sections.
Difference is quantitative and qualitative: In many cases, form depends on statement and restatement , unity and variety, and contrast and connection. Musical expression is the art of playing or singing music with emotional communication. The elements of music that comprise expression include dynamic indications, such as forte or piano, phrasing , differing qualities of timbre and articulation, color, intensity, energy and excitement.
All of these devices can be incorporated by the performer. A performer aims to elicit responses of sympathetic feeling in the audience, and to excite, calm or otherwise sway the audience's physical and emotional responses. Musical expression is sometimes thought to be produced by a combination of other parameters, and sometimes described as a transcendent quality that is more than the sum of measurable quantities such as pitch or duration.
Expression on instruments can be closely related to the role of the breath in singing, and the voice's natural ability to express feelings, sentiment and deep emotions. The components of musical expression continue to be the subject of extensive and unresolved dispute. Musical notation is the written or symbolized representation of music. This is most often achieved by the use of commonly understood graphic symbols and written verbal instructions and their abbreviations.
There are many systems of music notation from different cultures and different ages. Traditional Western notation evolved during the Middle Ages and remains an area of experimentation and innovation. In standard Western music notation, tones are represented graphically by symbols notes placed on a staff or staves, the vertical axis corresponding to pitch and the horizontal axis corresponding to time.
Note head shapes, stems, flags, ties and dots are used to indicate duration. Additional symbols indicate keys, dynamics, accents, rests, etc. Verbal instructions from the conductor are often used to indicate tempo, technique, and other aspects. In Western music, a range of different music notation systems are used. In Western Classical music , conductors use printed scores that show all of the instruments' parts and orchestra members read parts with their musical lines written out.
In popular styles of music, much less of the music may be notated.
Fundamentals of Western Music
A rock band may go into a recording session with just a handwritten chord chart indicating the song's chord progression using chord names e. All of the chord voicings, rhythms and accompaniment figures are improvised by the band members. The scholarly study of music theory in the twentieth century has a number of different subfields, each of which takes a different perspective on what are the primary phenomenon of interest and the most useful methods for investigation.
Musical analysis is the attempt to answer the question how does this music work? The method employed to answer this question, and indeed exactly what is meant by the question, differs from analyst to analyst, and according to the purpose of the analysis. According to Ian Bent , "analysis, as a pursuit in its own right, came to be established only in the late 19th century; its emergence as an approach and method can be traced back to the s.
However, it existed as a scholarly tool, albeit an auxiliary one, from the Middle Ages onwards. Schenkerian analysis is a method of musical analysis of tonal music based on the theories of Heinrich Schenker — The goal of a Schenkerian analysis is to interpret the underlying structure of a tonal work and to help reading the score according to that structure.
The theory's basic tenets can be viewed as a way of defining tonality in music. A Schenkerian analysis of a passage of music shows hierarchical relationships among its pitches, and draws conclusions about the structure of the passage from this hierarchy. The analysis makes use of a specialized symbolic form of musical notation that Schenker devised to demonstrate various techniques of elaboration. The most fundamental concept of Schenker's theory of tonality may be that of tonal space.
Although Schenker himself usually presents his analyses in the generative direction, starting from the fundamental structure Ursatz to reach the score, the practice of Schenkerian analysis more often is reductive, starting from the score and showing how it can be reduced to its fundamental structure. The graph of the Ursatz is arrhythmic, as is a strict-counterpoint cantus firmus exercise.
Schenkerian analysis is subjective. There is no mechanical procedure involved and the analysis reflects the musical intuitions of the analyst. Transformational theory is a branch of music theory developed by David Lewin in the s, and formally introduced in his work, Generalized Musical Intervals and Transformations.
The theory, which models musical transformations as elements of a mathematical group , can be used to analyze both tonal and atonal music. The goal of transformational theory is to change the focus from musical objects—such as the "C major chord " or "G major chord"—to relations between objects. Thus, instead of saying that a C major chord is followed by G major, a transformational theorist might say that the first chord has been "transformed" into the second by the " Dominant operation.
According to Lewin's description of this change in emphasis, "[The transformational] attitude does not ask for some observed measure of extension between reified 'points'; rather it asks: Music psychology or the psychology of music may be regarded as a branch of both psychology and musicology. It aims to explain and understand musical behavior and experience , including the processes through which music is perceived, created, responded to, and incorporated into everyday life.
Music psychology is a field of research with practical relevance for many areas, including music performance , composition , education , criticism , and therapy , as well as investigations of human aptitude , skill , intelligence , creativity , and social behavior.
Music psychology can shed light on non-psychological aspects of musicology and musical practice. For example, it contributes to music theory through investigations of the perception and computational modelling of musical structures such as melody , harmony , tonality , rhythm , meter , and form.
Research in music history can benefit from systematic study of the history of musical syntax , or from psychological analyses of composers and compositions in relation to perceptual, affective, and social responses to their music. Ethnomusicology can benefit from psychological approaches to the study of music cognition in different cultures. A music genre is a conventional category that identifies some pieces of music as belonging to a shared tradition or set of conventions.
Music can be divided into different genres in many different ways. The artistic nature of music means that these classifications are often subjective and controversial, and some genres may overlap. There are even varying academic definitions of the term genre itself. Green distinguishes between genre and form.
He lists madrigal , motet , canzona , ricercar , and dance as examples of genres from the Renaissance period. To further clarify the meaning of genre , Green writes, "Beethoven's Op. However, Mozart's Rondo for Piano, K. Others, such as Allan F. Moore, state that genre and style are two separate terms, and that secondary characteristics such as subject matter can also differentiate between genres.
Geographical origin is sometimes used to identify a music genre, though a single geographical category will often include a wide variety of subgenres. Timothy Laurie argues that "since the early s, genre has graduated from being a subset of popular music studies to being an almost ubiquitous framework for constituting and evaluating musical research objects". Musical technique is the ability of instrumental and vocal musicians to exert optimal control of their instruments or vocal cords to produce precise musical effects.
Improving technique generally entails practicing exercises that improve muscular sensitivity and agility. To improve technique, musicians often practice fundamental patterns of notes such as the natural , minor , major , and chromatic scales , minor and major triads , dominant and diminished sevenths , formula patterns and arpeggios.
For example, triads and sevenths teach how to play chords with accuracy and speed. Scales teach how to move quickly and gracefully from one note to another usually by step.
Arpeggios teach how to play broken chords over larger intervals. Many of these components of music are found in compositions, for example, a scale is a very common element of classical and romantic era compositions.
Heinrich Schenker argued that musical technique's "most striking and distinctive characteristic" is repetition. Music theorists sometimes use mathematics to understand music, and although music has no axiomatic foundation in modern mathematics, mathematics is "the basis of sound" and sound itself "in its musical aspects Some composers have incorporated the golden ratio and Fibonacci numbers into their work.
Though ancient Chinese, Egyptians and Mesopotamians are known to have studied the mathematical principles of sound,  the Pythagoreans in particular Philolaus and Archytas  of ancient Greece were the first researchers known to have investigated the expression of musical scales in terms of numerical ratios.
In the modern era, musical set theory uses the language of mathematical set theory in an elementary way to organize musical objects and describe their relationships. To analyze the structure of a piece of typically atonal music using musical set theory, one usually starts with a set of tones, which could form motives or chords. By applying simple operations such as transposition and inversion , one can discover deep structures in the music.
Operations such as transposition and inversion are called isometries because they preserve the intervals between tones in a set. Expanding on the methods of musical set theory, some theorists have used abstract algebra to analyze music.
For example, the pitch classes in an equally tempered octave form an abelian group with 12 elements. It is possible to describe just intonation in terms of a free abelian group. In music theory, serialism is a method or technique of composition that uses a series of values to manipulate different musical elements. Serialism began primarily with Arnold Schoenberg 's twelve-tone technique , though his contemporaries were also working to establish serialism as one example of post-tonal thinking.
Twelve-tone technique orders the twelve notes of the chromatic scale , forming a row or series and providing a unifying basis for a composition's melody , harmony , structural progressions, and variations. Other types of serialism also work with sets , collections of objects, but not necessarily with fixed-order series, and extend the technique to other musical dimensions often called " parameters " , such as duration , dynamics , and timbre.
The idea of serialism is also applied in various ways in the visual arts , design , and architecture . Musical set theory provides concepts for categorizing musical objects and describing their relationships. Many of the notions were first elaborated by Howard Hanson in connection with tonal music, and then mostly developed in connection with atonal music by theorists such as Allen Forte , drawing on the work in twelve-tone theory of Milton Babbitt.
The concepts of set theory are very general and can be applied to tonal and atonal styles in any equally tempered tuning system, and to some extent more generally than that. One branch of musical set theory deals with collections sets and permutations of pitches and pitch classes pitch-class set theory , which may be ordered or unordered, and can be related by musical operations such as transposition , inversion , and complementation.
The methods of musical set theory are sometimes applied to the analysis of rhythm as well. Music semiology semiotics is the study of signs as they pertain to music on a variety of levels. Following Roman Jakobson , Kofi Agawu adopts the idea of musical semiosis being introversive or extroversive—that is, musical signs within a text and without. Writers on music semiology include Kofi Agawu on topical theory, [ citation needed ] Heinrich Schenker ,   Robert Hatten on topic, gesture [ citation needed ] , Raymond Monelle on topic, musical meaning [ citation needed ] , Jean-Jacques Nattiez on introversive taxonomic analysis and ethnomusicological applications [ citation needed ] , Anthony Newcomb on narrativity [ citation needed ] , and Eero Tarasti [ citation needed ] generally considered the founder of musical semiotics.
Roland Barthes , himself a semiotician and skilled amateur pianist, wrote about music in Image-Music-Text, [ full citation needed ] The Responsibilities of Form, [ full citation needed ] and Eiffel Tower, [ full citation needed ] though he did not consider music to be a semiotic system [ citation needed ].
Signs, meanings in music, happen essentially through the connotations of sounds, and through the social construction, appropriation and amplification of certain meanings associated with these connotations.
The work of Philip Tagg Ten Little Tunes , [ full citation needed ] Fernando the Flute , [ full citation needed ] Music's Meanings [ full citation needed ] provides one of the most complete and systematic analysis of the relation between musical structures and connotations in western and especially popular, television and film music. The work of Leonard Meyer in Style and Music [ full citation needed ] theorizes the relationship between ideologies and musical structures and the phenomena of style change, and focuses on romanticism as a case study.
Music theory in the practical sense has been a part of education at conservatories and music schools for centuries, but the status music theory currently has within academic institutions is relatively recent. In the s, few universities had dedicated music theory programs, many music theorists had been trained as composers or historians, and there was a belief among theorists that the teaching of music theory was inadequate and that the subject was not properly recognised as a scholarly discipline in its own right.
These societies coordinate the publication of music theory scholarship and support the professional development of music theory researchers. As part of their initial training, music theorists will typically complete a B.
Mus or a B. Some individuals apply directly from a bachelor's degree to a Ph. D, and in these cases, they may not receive an M. In the s, given the increasingly interdisciplinary nature of university graduate programs, some applicants for music theory Ph.
D programs may have academic training both in music and outside of music e. Most music theorists work as instructors, lecturers or professors in colleges , universities or conservatories. The job market for tenure-track professor positions is very competitive. D or the equivalent degree or expect to receive one within a year of being hired—called an "ABD", for " All But Dissertation " stage and for more senior positions have a strong record of publishing in peer-reviewed journals. Some Ph. D-holding music theorists are only able to find insecure positions as sessional lecturers.
The job tasks of a music theorist are the same as those of a professor in any other humanities discipline: D students and giving them guidance on the preparation of their theses and dissertations. Some music theory professors may take on senior administrative positions in their institution, such as Dean or Chair of the School of Music.
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No matter what kind of music we listen to—symphony or string quartet, saxophone solo or vocal ballad, hip hop or Gregorian chant—we feel the impact of that music and have done so all our lives, even though we may not know how such impact is achieved, or understand the fundamental processes of musical composition.
But what if we did understand how certain musical effects were achieved? What if we could learn to follow the often-intimidating language of key signatures, pitch, mode, melody, meter, and other parts of musical structure used by composers? What if we could recognize these various components at work as we listened to our favorite music? What if we could "speak" the language of Western music?
It's a language that Professor Robert Greenberg calls rich, varied, and magnificent, and he has little doubt about the rewards of even a beginning level of fluency.
And it's a language that will only get richer and more varied, as our increasingly global culture contributes ever more vocabulary to it. In this course, Professor Greenberg offers a spirited introduction to this magnificent language—nimbly avoiding what for many of us has long been the principal roadblock, the need to read music. For anyone wanting to master music's language, being able to read musical notation is a necessity.
But this course, as Professor Greenberg notes, is a basic course, designed to introduce you to music's language in a way that is similar to the way you learned your own native language, by "discovering and exploring musical syntax through our ears—by learning what the parts of musical speech sound like—rather than what they look like on paper. By sidestepping the necessity to read music, these lectures represent an extremely rare opportunity in musical education—an opportunity to experience a solid introduction to music theory's basics in a way that is not technically intimidating, yet provides a substantial grounding in the fundamentals.
As such, Professor Greenberg has devised a highly individualized approach to music theory. There is simply little or no literature in this field that can teach as much without recourse to music notation. Thus, it can appeal to those who are not learning, or even planning to learn, to play a musical instrument or to compose.
It can even be beneficial to musicians who do not play a keyboard instrument and may have had difficulty grasping some of the more abstract concepts of music.
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As much as anything else, the course is designed to help deepen and intensify the experience of Professor Greenberg's other Teaching Company Courses, currently 21 in number. Professor Greenberg has made use of a variety of tools, including thoughtfully chosen recorded examples, his own demonstrations at the piano, and helpful diagrams.
One of those diagrams—a reproduction of a piano keyboard, with its keys identified—frees the student from needing access to a piano or any other keyboard instrument, a traditional demand of most music theory courses. It's of tremendous help in visualizing many of the course's most important concepts, such as how "pitch collections" are built, and it opens up the benefits of this course to anyone without access to a piano or keyboard instrument.
The extent of those benefits becomes clear the moment you start to apply the basic knowledge taught in this course. You'll listen to music with new levels of understanding and appreciation, not only when you find yourself at the concert hall, but also at home with your stereo, and when you're listening to your favorite music in the car or on a portable player.
Each time you listen to this course—and Professor Greenberg has designed it to be listened to again and again—you increase your music-listening skills and come to appreciate what a complex and rewarding study music theory can be.
These are lectures that will prepare you, in Professor Greenberg's words, to "hear and identify those aspects of the musical language that are, collectively, the means to comprehending, on an intimate level, the music of the Western repertoire and, to a significant degree, the music of many other world cultures as well. It's difficult to imagine a teacher more qualified to help you reach that goal. Professor Greenberg is one of The Teaching Company's most highly regarded, popular, and prolific teachers—as well as an award-winning composer in his own right.
He has produced more than lectures for The Teaching Company on a range of composers and genres, each marked by his characteristic knowledge, enthusiasm, humor, and, most important, unique ability to teach the technicalities of music to nontechnical audiences.
A love of music and a desire to understand it are the only prerequisites you need. All these skills are on constant display throughout the lectures, as Professor Greenberg takes you step by step through the material, laying a firm foundation before introducing the next concept. He begins by introducing you to the instrumental families of the orchestra and their characteristics, before moving on to subjects that might seem intimidating in a classroom: Professor Greenberg's lectures are clear and purposeful.
Along the way, you'll learn the human side of music—about the men and women who write and play it—and discover, for example, that: When violinists or other string players use the bow over the fingerboard, or neck, of their instruments, a lovely, flutelike sound is produced, similar to the effect of clamping a comb-shaped muting device to the instrument's bridge.
The technique is called sul tasto. Even though it is an effect that can be achieved instantly, without having to pause to clamp on a mute, string players generally dislike it. That's because the rosin they use on the hair of their bows to make the hair grip the strings gets on a part of the strings that may come into contact with the players' fingers—an unwelcome experience for string players. Not wishing to incur the wrath of the string section, experienced composers have thus learned to avoid using sul tasto unless absolutely necessary.
The piccolo has so much power that its piercingly brilliant sound can be painful, so piccolo players wear earplugs when they practice to protect themselves from their own instruments. The extraordinary two-and-a-half octave upward slide—or glissando —that begins George Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue has become the most famous clarinet glissando in all of music.
Gershwin did not write it that way; he indicated a simple ascending scale. Hector Berlioz was rare among major composers for barely being able to play any individual musical instrument. The "instrument" he could play was the orchestra. Considered the most original, adventurous, and innovative orchestrator that had yet come along, his "Treatise on Orchestration" has been a must-read for composers and conductors since its publication in Understanding the Fundamentals of Music is as rich in musical lore as it is in technical knowledge.
It will reward you many times over, not only as you listen and relisten to the lectures, gaining a new understanding each time, but also as you listen to different varieties of music and find yourself enjoying a much deeper understanding of their compositional structures. This experience is optimized for Internet Explorer version 10 and above. Send the Gift of Lifelong Learning! San Francisco Performances. It's simple: Find the course you would like to eGift.
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Many of these can be combined to create certain "in-between" articulations. Musical form. Beethoven's Piano Sonatas. Moreover, remembering all the different pitches in major and minor scales is difficult.
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