The scholarly study of music, particularly different musical cultures and traditions

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E flat or E natural in score of Beethoven String Quartet Op 131?

I have heard recordings of Beethoven's C sharp minor string quartet Op. 131 where, in bar 53 the third crotchet of the first violin part is played as E flat, and at least one recording where it is ...
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What are the greek modes, and how do they differ from modern modes?

This Question might be TwoFold, based on an uncertainty I have I understand the construction of traditional Ionian-Locrian modes, and I have read that various notes in the modes have traditionally ...
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Is there any substantial evidence that a constantly fluctuating pitch is considered less musical than more discrete tones? [closed]

Does any one know of a peer reviewed article that argues why a combination of discrete tones, or notes, can be considered more musical than a collection of pitches in a constant state of flux? In ...
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Why note B is marked with H in Scandinavia and Germany?

At least in Scandinavia and Germany two notes are marked differently than in most other countries: B -> H B♭ -> B I have heard that this is due to mistake in interpreting messy sheet notes, as ♭ ...
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What is intellectual experience of music? [closed]

I hope this isn't off topic. My apologies if it is. I have many friends who claim that listening to music is an intellectual experience for them, especially when it comes to western classical and ...
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Transfer effect in musical training [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Will learning to play another instrument help me to become a better guitarist? Is there any studies on transfer effect in musical training? Or does someone have any ...
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Is music always supposed to be dependent on timing? [closed]

I wanna know, is music supposed to be dependent on timing, or what we more specifically call Beats Per Minute (BPM) or time signatures?
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What are the major differences in a composition of metal and progressive metal?

I am a bit confused about the differences in the composition of metal and progressive metal. Are there major differences in their orientation of sound, or it is just the difference of incorporating ...
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Am I starting to think in music? [closed]

This could be considered an inception or Déjà vu. Maybe it means nothing. I'm not a professional musician, neither a virtuoso guitarist. Lately I started to notice/realize that during the very ...
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Why are birds never out of key when they sing?

Why are birds never out of key when they sing? In fact, this is not just about birds; almost all creatures that make pleasant sounds (except us) never make a note out of key. How is this possible?
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What are some examples influences from external cultures on the development of Western classical music?

So, I think it's largely safe to presume that the core of Western musical theory developed almost entirely within Europe -- Greece in its very early history, mainly Italy and also the Franco-Flemish ...
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What gives a piece of music its personality and feeling?

What makes a piece of music sound angry, dark, sad, happy, or otherwise? "La Chute" by Yann Tiersen sounds so angry to me and "A Dark Knight" from "The Dark Knight" movie sounds so dark and ...
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Are there any classification systems that categorize music by mood?

Recently I had the idea to categorize my digital music library with mood tags. Thinking about these moods, I figured that it's not so easy to come up with a complete list that covers all possible ...
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J. S. Bach's place in musical history

Was there any reason Bach didn't follow the trends of the times? He was surely very much in touch with contemporary composers, and knew of Handel's and Scarlatti's works specifically. Amazingly, he ...
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How much do we know about how ancient Greek and Roman music sounded?

Specifically for music composed earlier than the third or fourth century A.D. I have heard several reports about deciphering examples of ancient greek musical notation. And you can find CDs of ...
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Is Beethoven's 9th symphony the first piece that combined a chorus with an orchestra?

(a very good musicology question suggested by BenV, from the definition phase of the "Classical Music" area51 proposal). Beethoven's ninth Symphony (opus 125) is one of the most well-known works of ...