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This is an excellent question that required a bit of research, although ultimately, I'm not sure how answerable it is. The question presumes that the specific bass ostinato in question had a definite name (as is the case for the Folia and the Lamento, but which may not be the case here). However, we can at least try to trace the source of this motif. ...


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Very small babies are more sensitive to higher pitched sounds; this is related to how people tend to use high pitched voices/sounds when talkint to them. This is probably related to the tessitura of the lullabies.


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I'll just present to you my observations with this kind of music without any findings from a formal study. I just want to throw out some ideas to help lead your research. We're supposed to be in a peaceful state when we're about to fall asleep. Music too fast may be too stimulating, which will more likely wake us up. It only makes sense for lullabies to be ...


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Studying lullabies? That sounds kind of interesting, actually! The lullaby is typically a soothing song, and it's typically used to help someone fall asleep. Indeed, the German word (Schlaflied) is literally "sleep-song." As such, I think it only makes sense that it would be a slow tempo instead of a fast one, don't you? As for the high tessitura, I can't ...


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There are many, many answers to your question, and all answers come from a slightly different standpoint. If you want a relatively recent scholarly view on scales, check out the notion of maximal evenness. Basically, it suggests that Western and non-Western scales may be constructed (both in terms of number of pitches and intervals between them) in such a ...


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In general, scales tend to have about seven notes in them, or "seven, plus/minus two". This number is believed to have to do with cognitive limitations; it would be difficult to recall more notes. On the other hand, scales with fewer notes impose more melodic and harmonic limitations. In order to answer whether or not it is a coincidence that Indian and ...



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