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MUS121 Intro to Listening Chapter 3 Notes

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MUS121 Intro to Listening Chapter 3 Notes Mus121

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These notes were taken directly from the textbook for chapter 3.
Into to listening
Benjamin Crofut
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Date Created: 02/09/16
Chapter 3- Musical Instruments and Ensembles  Voices and Vocal Ensembles  The voice is our most fundamental musical instrument  Pitch Range:  Female (or boys with unchanged voices)  Soprano, mezzo soprano, alto ( also called contralto)  Male  Tenor, baritone, bass  A mixed choir- a vocal ensemble consisting of several voice parts with four or five or more singers in each section  Stringed Instruments  Played by plucking, striking, or bowing the strings  Strings made out of silk, plastic, nylon, metal, or metal wound around nylon center  Plucked String Instruments  Includes: lute, psaltery, hammered dulcimer, harp  Small enough to be held in the lap of an individual player  Sounded at a very soft dynamic level  Consorts- a small group of renaissance instruments  Ex. Recorder  Most popular today-  Guitar- the acoustic guitar has a figure 8-shaped hollow body and a fingerboard  Harp- strings are stretched across a triangular frame with a hollow side to resonate the sound  Often used as part of an orchestra  Bowed String Instruments  Normally played by drawing a bow across the string or strings  Three families of bowed string instruments  The voil family- with fat bodies, flat backs, and fingerboards  The rebec family- bowl-shaped body with a fingerboard  The violin family – thinner body with a shaped back and a finger board  Most commonly used today  Most commonly used today:  Voiln- the neck is held with the left hand, and the tail rests beneath the player’s chin  Viola- held in the same way as the violin, but it is larger and produces a lower and somewhat more somber tone quality  Cello- much larger and deeper sounding than the violin or voila, played upright with the body held between the player’s knees  Double bass (string bass)- the largest and lowest- pitched member of the family because of its size the player sits on a stool or stands upright  Can be played using a pizzicato- a performance technique in which string instruments are plucked with fingers instead of bowed  Different bowing techniques lead to different musical affects  Legato- smooth and connected up-and-down stroke of the bow  Staccato- short detached stokes of the bow  Tremolo- fast, repeated notes played by a very rapid strokes of the bow  the tone quality of each instruments can be made richer or warm by the use of vibrato- rapid vibration of the left hand while pressing the string against the fingerboard  a subdued, velvety tone is produced by the use of a mute- a device clamped onto the bridge (across which the strings are stretched) to soften the sound  Woodwinds  Produce sound when a player blows air through the tube like body of the instrument  Player opens or closes small holes along the side of the instrument with fingers or pads activated by a key mechanism  Create a continuous note called drone- a long-held note or notes over or under which other music is played  Woodwinds used in modern orchestras:  Piccolo- a small, high- pitched flute  Flute- side blown and made out of metal, although early flutes were made from wood  Oboe- played with a double reed of two pieces of thin cane that vibrate against the player’s lips  Clarinet- end blown with a single reed on the mouthpiece  English horn- a lower-pitched version of the oboe  Bassoon- also a double- reed instrument, but bigger and lower pitched than the oboe or English horn  Bass clarinet- a larger and lower-pitched clarinet  Contrabassoon- a larger and lower-pitched bassoon  Saxophone- a woodwind instrument that uses a mouthpiece with a single reed and is made of brass  Brasses  Identified by their cup mouthpiece, against which the player buzzes their lips  They have valves- a set of that open or close parts of the instrument’s tubing allowing for easy changes from note to note  Commonly used today basses include:  Trumpet- the modern trumpet uses valves to move from note to note  French horn- the modern horn also uses valves to change notes  Trombone- a slide is used to change notes by adjusting the length of tubing  Tuba- a very left and low- pitched instrument that uses valves to change notes  Percussion Instruments  Produce sound when struck, shaken, or scarped  Two categories of percussion instruments definite pitch and indefinite pitch  Instrument of Definite Pitch:  Timpani- (kettledrums) usually found in sets of two to five drums of varying sizes  Modern timpani are tuned by pedals that are easier to adjust than were screws  Glockenspiel- two rows of steel bars, a crisp bell-like sound is produced by striking the bars with mallets  Celesta- a glockenspiel with a keyboard that makes it look something like a small upright piano  Xylophone- made of tuned wooden bars that produce a hallow sound when struck by mallets  Marimba- a xylophone with resonators under each bar of the instrument  Chimes- a set of tuned metal tubes suspended vertically in a frame and played with one or two mallets and their sound resembles church bells  Vibraphone- a set of metal bars arranged similar to a piano keyboard, it uses an electrical mechanism to product the instruments vibrato effect  More used in jazz, than orchestras  Instruments of Indefinite Pitch: ( include just about anything that can be struck, scraped, or manipulated in to produce sound)  Brass drum- a large, deep sounding drum with two heads  Side (snare) drum- a drum that has two heads, the top head is it with sticks, the bottom head is rigged with metal wires that vibrate against it when the top head is struck  Tambourine- a circular wooden frame, usually with a single head, and teal discs that jingle when the instrument is shaken or stuck  Triangle- a triangle made of a bent medal rod, struck with a metal beater  Cymbals- metal discs that ring when they are hit against one another  Gong- (tam-tam) usually a large suspended metal disc that is struck with a padded mallet  Tom-toms- cylindrical drums with two heads but no snares, played with sticks, mallets, and brushes for different effects  Bongos- a pair of attached small drums, each with one head play with the hands  Congas- a tall drum with a single head played with the hands  Keyboard Instruments  Played with the hands and can produce many notes at one time  Has strings that are plucked, stuck, or even bowed when the player pushes the keys  Belong to Clavier family  Harpsichord and the virginal  Or has pipes through which winder blew when the payer opened them by pushing the keys  Fall into the general category of organs  Most common keyboard instruments today:  Piano- hammers hit the strings when the keyboard is played, hammer mechanism allows to vary dynamic level or music  Fortepiano, pianoforte  Organ- originally wind instruments played with a keyboard, today they often produce their sound electronically  Electronic Instruments  fall into two categories  instruments that produce acoustic sounds that are modified electronically  guitars, keyboards, and woodwinds  instruments that generate sounds using electronics  used to modify tone quality and make them louder  tone altered by pushing the sound through an amplifier that adds qualities such as vibrato and fuzztone  invention of synthesizer- an electronic instruments that can duplicate almost any sound and can be used to create entirely new sound, changed music to electric  recorded rather than played live  Instrument Ensembles  Chamber music- music written for a small group of instruments, with one player to a part  Ex. String quartet  Orchestra- a group of instruments from different families  can vary in size and particular instrumentation  Wind ensembles- an orchestral type of concert band made up primarily of woodwind, brass, and percussion instruments  Also called symphonic band or concert band  Conductor- a person who directs a musical ensemble and who is responsible for all aspects of the performance of the ensembles


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