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Music 165

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The Enjoyment of Music
Galit Kaunitz
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Date Created: 09/08/16
Three Planes of Listening 1. Sensuous Plane 2. Expressive Plane 3. Musical Plane The Sensuous Plane Simplest way to listen “Brainless but attractive.” Music = Escape The Expressive Plane  Beauty doesn’t equal to Value  The music’s meaning may be obvious or obscured, and may not nearly fall into one category or another.  Listen : Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire  “Just music” has as much emotional legitimacy as music that represents something specific  Allow for emotionathcomplexity  Listen : Mozart 40 Symphony The Musical Plane  Listen for notes, rhythms, harmonies, scales and form aka the elements of music.  Follow the composer’s train of thought. Simultaneous Listening  Goal : Listen on all three planes at the same time; be inside and outside the music. Creative Inspiration  Inspiration according to Elizabeth Gilbert, authr of Eat, Pray, Love. Elizabeth Gilbert on Inspiration  Humans shifted from “having” a genius to “being’ a genius. Where does the composer begin?  A musical Idea  “The composer starts with his theme; and the theme is a gift from Heaven. He doesn’t know where it comes from – he has no control over it. What the idea sounds like?  Melody alone  Melody with harmony  Rhythmic idea  Two or three melodies heard at the same time Where does this theme belong?  Does the character fit a large setting like a symphony or is it better fitted for a string quartet because its more intimate?  Is it a song or is it an opera? Four Types of 1. The Spontaneously Inspired  Prolific, uncontrollable well of creativity.  Franz Schubert, Hugo Wolf a) Each wrote a song a day b) Write best in shorter formats. 2. The Constructive Type  Aka “The Mule”  Begins with a musical theme, not completed idea  Rough drafts, hard work  Aaron Copland, Ludwig von Beethoven 3. The Traditionalist  Johann Sebastian Bach, Giovanni Pelestrina  Begins with a pattern rather than a theme.  Did not create new forms, but improved on forms that already existed 4. The Pioneer  Opposes conventional solutions  Experimental in their approach  Hector Berlioz, Claude Debussy, and Edgar Varase  Listen : Varese Hyperprism Pitch Pitch is :  Sound Wave Vibrations ( science thing)  Our ears organize certain vibrations into recognizable tones ( psychological construct)  Notes in a scale ( music thing)  Do,re,mi Hertz  Pitch is measured by the rate of vibration of a physical source  Hertz (Hz) measured in cycles per second  Low sounds vibrate more slowly, high sounds vibrate more quickly Human Hearing  The range of Hearing is about 20-20000 Hz.  Though we can hear the extremes of this range, we don’t assign a pitch to them because they are difficult to identify  Range of hearing  Listen : Human Audio Spectra Hearing Test  Modern Science can’t repair damaged hair cells. Emotional Content:  Pitches combine to create melodies  High notes can signal excitement or urgency  Low notes can signal forbidding or sadness  Listen to Finlandia Rhythm and Meter The First Element  Rhythm creates an immediate and primal reaction  Rhythmic notation is an imperfect representation of the sound The Legacy of Notation  Before 1150, music was not measured evenly as it is today  Much of the earlier music that was written down was vocal  Rhythm was dependent on language and followed the natural pattern of speech  Listen : Gregorian Chant Effect of the Renaissance  Gutenberg’s Printing Press made music less expensive to produce and more available to the middle class.  Sheet Music became affordable and it was possible to learn music without hearing it first. Definitions: 1. Beat – Pulse of the music 2. Rhythm – Length of notes 3. Tempo – The pace of the music 4. Meter – Organization of beats Rhythm  Relationship between long and short notes Tempo  Speed of the beat can alter the mood  Listen: Back In Black ( tempo is 96 bpm) Billie Jean (tempo is 116 bpm) Common Time Signatures  Most Common In Western Culture:  4/4 , 2/4 , ¾ 4/4 and 2/4 are easy to walk and march to ¾ is a common waltz time signature Listen : The Blue Danube Waltz, My Favourite Things Syncopation: Rhythmic Pattern of note anticipating a beat Listen: Buddy Holly , That’ll be the day Scott Joplic, Maple Leaf Rag


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