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This 2 page Class Notes was uploaded by Rupak Kadel on Sunday September 11, 2016. The Class Notes belongs to MUS 165 at University of Southern Mississippi taught by Galit Kaunitz in Fall 2016. Since its upload, it has received 73 views.
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Date Created: 09/11/16
Melody What makes a good melody? “Not sure.”- Aaron Copland While we can’t define a good melody, we can make generalizations about melodies we know to be good, and that helps. Proportions are important A good melody gives a sense of “completion and inevitability” Generally long and flowing, with high points and low points, with a climactic moment near the end. Melody as sentence Natural pausing and stopping points Function like commas and periods, in music are called incomplete and complete cadences Listen: Shenandoah Melodies are made up of scales A scale is a predictable series of whole and half steps An octave (distance between “do” and “do”) divides into twelve notes A typical scale involves seven of those notes Bobby McFerrin The Power of Pentatonic Scale Consonance vs Dissonance Consonance: pleasant sounds Dissonance: unpleasant sound Music And Math Key The Key refers to the central, most important pitch of a piece of music. If a piece is in D major, it will revolve around D. It may temporarily revolve around another note, but it always comes back to D. Modulation Occurs when music shifts key centers. This is called a key change, or modulation. Fun Fact: modulations usually happen around the Golden Mean. Grouping Your brain organizes the elements of music into phrases, movements, and whole pieces that can be understood as one unified thing, or analyzed layer by layer The separate elements work together to serve the musical whole
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