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Melody - MUS 165

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Melody - MUS 165 MUS 165

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The Enjoyment of Music
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This 2 page Class Notes was uploaded by Matthew Michael on Wednesday September 14, 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 52 views. For similar materials see The Enjoyment of Music in Music at University of Southern Mississippi.


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Date Created: 09/14/16
Matthew Michael MUS 165 Dr. Kaunitz Melody What Makes a good Melody? - “Not sure.” -Aaron Copland - while we cant define a good melody, we can make generalizations about melodies we know to be good, and that helps. Proportions are Important - Agood 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 a sentence. - Natural pausing and stopping points - Function like commas and periods in music. • Incomplete and Complete Cadences Melodies are scales - Ascale is a predictable series of whole and half steps - An octave decides into twelve notes - Atypical scale involves level of those notes Consonance vs. Dissonance - Consonance: Pleasant - Dissonance: not ^ Beethoven 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. (Key change). Often happens around Golden Mean. - A+ B is to a as a is to b. (always be my baby) 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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