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What makes a voice unique?

What makes a voice unique?


Western MusicExam 1

What makes a voice unique?


★ Music-​ provide entertainment, emotional release, and company activities

○ 1990’s- recorded music begins

★ Live performance-​ emotional state of performer and audience

❖ Sound

➢ Pitch, dynamic, and tone color

➢ Result of vibrating object

★ Duration- ​length of time

What are the sounds produced by musical instruments?

★ Pitch- ​the high/lowness of the sound Don't forget about the age old question of What do you see in raphael's the school of athens?

○ Frequency of vibration

○ Fast= high slow= low

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○ Have specific frequencies

★ Interval- ​distance between 2 tones

★ Octave- ​doubling/halving frequency

★ Range- ​entire distance between voice/instruments highest/lowest possible tones

★ Dynamics- ​loudness/softness (volume) of a sound

★ Accent- ​tone played louder than the others

○ Dynamic terms:

Which instrument produces sound by blowing air into it?

■ Pianissimo VERY SOFT

■ Piano

■ Mezzo piano


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■ Mezzo forte

■ Forte

■ Fortissimo VERY LOUD

★ Crescendo-​ gradually gets loud

★ Decrescendo-​ gradually gets softer

★ Listening outline-​ points out notable musical sounds


★ Voices- ​unique ability fusing words and musical tones

★ Range- ​based on makeup and training

○ Classifications:

 Female Male

■ Soprano tenor

■ Mezzo baritone

■ Alto bass

★ Musical instruments-​ mechanism that provide musical sounds ○ 6 categories

■ String

■ Woodwind

■ Brass

■ Percussion

■ Keyboard

■ Electronic

❖ Strings

➢ Produced sound by vibrating tight cable and some played with a bow

■ Long string= low pitch Don't forget about the age old question of What is the definition of a genetic draft?

➢ Type of instruments:

■ Violin

■ Viola


■ Cello

■ Bass

➢ Playing techniques

■ Pizzicato

■ Mute (how tone color is altered)

■ Vibrato

■ Double stop

■ Tremolo

■ Harmonics

❖ Woodwinds

➢ Produce sound by blowing air into it and traditionally made of wood

➢ Type of instruments

■ piccolo/flute

■ Clarinet (single reed)

■ Saxophone (single)

■ Oboe (double)

■ English horn

■ Basson

★ Single reed-​ instrument that needs one reed to be played ★ Double reed-​ 2 reeds

❖ Brass

➢ Produce sound using a mouthpiece and it comes out the bell and is loud and powerful

➢ Type of instruments

■ trumpet/cornet (uses valves)

■ trombone/euphonium (uses a slide)

■ Tuba

■ Baritone

■ French horn

❖ Percussion

➢ Sound produced by striking, shaking, or rubbing it

➢ Percussionists have to play more than one instrument


❖ Keyboard/piano

➢ Produce several notes at once with sound affected by a

pedal (hammer striking the tight string)

■ 3 types of pedals

● Sustain

● Sostenuto

● Soft

➢ Types of instruments

■ Harpsichord

■ Organ

■ Accordion

❖ Electronics

➢ Produced/amplifying sound


★ Rhythm- ​flow of music, arrangement of note length

★ Beat- ​regular pulse

★ meter ​- beats into groups

★ Tempo- ​speed/pace

○ Indicated at beginning of the piece

○ Common terms:

■ Molto

■ Non troppo

■ Accelerando

■ Ritardando

★ Metronome- ​(device) indicates exact tempo



★ Notation- ​writing music, so pitches and rhythms can be


★ Staff- ​5 horizontal lines and 4 spaces where the music/notes are written on

★ Clef- ​indicates pitch of each line and space and at the beginning of the piece

○ 2 types:

■ Treble (g clef)

■ Bass (f clef)

★ Grand staff-​ made of treble and bass clef for piano

★ Time signature-​ meter of piece of music, written after the clef with 2 numbers on top of each other

○ “Top #”- indicate how many beats per measure

○ “Bottom #”- what kind of note counts 1 one beat

★ Notating rhythm-​ indicates length of note

★ Notating silence-​ indicates resting/pause

★ Score-​ piece of music that has the music for every instrument CHAPTER 5

❖ Melody

➢ Single notes thats recognizable as a whole

■ “cadence”= in/complete


❖ Harmony

➢ How chords are constructed/follow each other


★ Chord- ​3 or more chords at once

★ Progression- ​how chords follow each other

★ Consonant- ​stable, restful chords

★ Dissonant- ​unstable, tense

★ Resolution- ​movement away from dissonance

★ Triad- ​made of 3 notes, can be simple or basic

★ Tonic- ​first note of a scale

★ Dominant- ​5th note on scale

★ Broken chords (arpeggios)-​ sounded in series


★ Key- ​center of melody/harmony around central note

★ Major scale- ​whole/half steps in predetermined order (bright and happy)

★ Minor scale-​ w/h steps in diff predeter. order (dark and sad) ★ Key signature-​ # of sharps and flats played, determines scale and key

★ Chromatic scale-​ use 12 notes w/in octave

★ modulation (change of key)-​ like a temporary shift in gravity ★ Tonic key-​ main key of a piece


★ Musical texture-​ layering of sound and how they relate


○ 3 types:

■ Monophonic- single, no melody

■ Polyphonic- 2 or more important melodies

● Counterpoint- many lines make meaningful


● Imitation- melodic idea restated by next voice

■ Homophonic- 1 melody with chordal accomp.

★ Changes of texture-​ w/in a piece, creates variety and contrast


★ Musical form-​ organization of musical elements in time

○ Techniques:

■ Repetition- restate musical idea

■ Contrast- avoid monotony w. new ideas

■ Variation- reworking ideas to keep them new

○ Types:

■ Ternary

■ Simple

■ Subdivided

■ binary


❖ Performance

★ Improvisation- ​music created at same time of performance

★ Embellishments- ​addition to notes not in scores, added by performer

★ Judging- ​play same notes and make diff statements in the way they perform


★ Musical style- ​characteristic way using melody, rhythm, tone, color, dynamics, harmony, textures, and form


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