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"it seems to me like dissonance can be used like a theme for music." What is the proper understanding of the use of dissonance in composition? First off, dissonance is the general term for a clash or tension in a single chord or sound, such as one might have playing a half step (minor second) or a tritone (diminished 5th, augmented 4th). Consonance, its ...


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There is a notation form I have come across called Sagittal notation. It seems pretty comprehensive for microtonic notation. The Sagittal notation system is a comprehensive system for notating musical pitch in all possible scales and tunings - a universal set of microtonal accidentals, equally suited to extended just intonation, equal divisions of the ...


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If you go back to the early development of "modern" music in the 17th and 18th centuries, there was a large system of conventions over this. Much of it was considered analogous to the conventions of rhetoric and oratory, based on classical Latin and Greek, and music was taught in conjunction with those subjects at "university level". For example Mozart, as a ...


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A dissonance is a point of harmonic (vertical) tension in a moment of music, mostly caused by the clashes of each notes overtones in the chord that's heard at that moment. If you were to play a C and a G above that C at the same time, that would sound relatively "consonant" because the distance from C up to G falls within the harmonic overtones for the C ...



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