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Music 302, Music in World Culture, Week 2 Notes

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These notes cover the week 2 lectures--what music is and its elements.
Music in World Culture
H. Kaufman
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Date Created: 09/01/16
Music 302 Music in World Culture Week 2 Lecture Notes What is Music? -depends on personal perspective, taste, and aesthetic -perception of what music is can also depend on culture Aesthetic -What is beautiful/pleasing; one's sense of beauty -Perception through the senses Taste -Discerning what is appropriate -Often based on culture, society, personal liking or disliking Criticism -Analysis and evaluation Analysis -Separation of a whole into its components Evaluation -Assigning value based on merits and faults * taste and criticism depend on one's aesthetic Elements of Music Pitch -Scientific definition: the frequency of vibrations per second more frequent- higher pitch less frequent- lower pitch -Musical definition: the location of sound in the tonal range proceeding from low to high -Relative pitch: the ability to sing a melody at different pitches without identifying the notes Absolute pitch: the ability to identify notes by their differing pitches Melody -An organized set of pitches played in succession -Usually is present in the mid to high pitch in Western music in other cultures, such as Africa, the melody is present in the lower pitches Harmony -An organized set of pitches played simultaneously -Two types that exist when pitches are combined in harmony: Consonant ('with sound'): agreeable Dissonant ('against sound'): disagreeable -What is consonant or dissonant varies for different people/cultures Rhythm -General definition: a pattern of movement in time -Musical definition: a patterned configuration of attacks (strikes on the drum, plucks on the guitar) -Two types: Periodic: occurring at regular and measurable intervals Non-periodic: not occurring at regular and measurable intervals Beat -An underlying, periodic metrical pulse -What the conductor demonstrates and what is danced to -Metrical/meter: the pattern in which a steady succession of beats is organized examples: in a meter of three, beats are groups in threes (1,2,3, 1,2,3) four is the most common meter Tempo -The rate or speed of the beat Dynamics -The volume or loudness of a sound Sounds have 4 common parameters: 1. Pitch- highness/lowness 2. Dynamic- volume 3. Duration- length in time (short clap or held note) 4. Timbre (pronounced 'tamber')- quality or tone color examples: nasal, scratchy, clear, sharp, fuzzy guitar vs. flute Form -The structural organization of a piece: how it unfolds -Do sections repeat throughout the piece?Are sections similar or different? -Contrast, repetition, variation examples: Strophic form: same melody in each stanza but different lyrics Verse Chorus: verse (furthers the story), chorus (same melody and lyrics), bridge (different melody and lyrics) Binary (AB): two contrasting sections such as a verse and chorus AABA: the melody repeats after a contrasting one Call and response: one person plays/sings and a chorus responds with identical, similar, or different rhythm or lyrics AA(identical) AA' (similar) AB (different) part of non-Western cultures such as the Caribbean Basic 12 Bar Blues:AA'B (two similar and one contrasting)


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