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Jul
17
comment Is circular breathing something an oboist needs?
Martin Schuring is a very good oboist and teacher. Just to extend his statement a little bit - oboists often have too much air, and often need to exhale before inhaling. Circular breathing is often learned under the guise as he describes in his paragraph. However, for oboe, it can help with air management and comfort - if an oboist can circular breath, they don't need to take such large breaths and are therefore much more comfortable playing.
Jul
8
comment Does Mozart's music get played more slowly than that of his contemporaries?
Hello James47, it's a little unclear what you're asking here. Try rephrasing your question so that is is more clear and also make sure that what you're asking is measurable (it's very hard to measure exactly how often something gets played compared to something else; especially when we don't know if you mean present day or back then.
Jul
8
comment Suggestion for a song with single note duration
Solid choice Bob, solid. Just to clarify for everyone read this musical example, the way Bob has it notated, you need to take the pickup on the repeat. Alternatively, the last measure should be written as a 4/4 and a forward repeat placed after the pickup measure.
Jul
8
comment Suggestion for a song with single note duration
This question, though helpful, needs to be re-written in a way that can be helpful for other people, not just specific to the OP's needs.
Jun
19
comment Are the discrete hexachords of a tone row always either the same set class or z-related?
This question would be great to look into - I'm unfortunately away from my library :(. Are you looking for specific examples of pieces / textbooks that refute the claim? Have you read any Babbitt?
Jun
7
comment When were the terms “Major” and “Minor” applied to keys?
There's absolutely nothing wrong with answering your own question (in fact, I think there's a badge for that...) I'm really liking where your research is going - is this for a paper or book?
Jun
6
comment Is there a “preferred” tuning note for woodwinds?
Would you agree that sometimes flute players try to find a medium between the two - so that they have two notes slightly out of tune instead of one note very out of tune?
Jun
6
comment Is there a “preferred” tuning note for woodwinds?
Just wanted to add that the other pitches players use tend to be notes in the overtone series over a specific fundamental.
Jun
6
comment What are the significant schools of 20th century music theory?
Agreed with Roland here - questions such as "What are all the possible chords?" are ridiculously open ended (and we've seen that question before, actually) and are not helpful. However, a simple list containing the major schools of theoretical thought is fairly easy to put together a comprehensive, satisfactory answer.
Jun
5
comment When were the terms “Major” and “Minor” applied to keys?
Since "minor" scales ("natural" ones anyway) involve lowering three tones that are not diatonic to the intended fundamental (though invariably creating another inverted major scale,) and do not naturally occur, thus appearing less often, one could posit that acoustic phenomenon as being the origin for the term "Minor". That all said, my comments are speculation and I only offer them as a means for you to continue your research.
Jun
5
comment When were the terms “Major” and “Minor” applied to keys?
This is a very interesting question that I hope is thoroughly answered. FWIW, I support your assertion about Rameau. Some earlier composers, such as Vincenzo Galilei, were advocates of what would be come to be known as Equal Temperament. I suspect that the answer may lie in the development of Equal Temperament and the Overtone Series; after all, the notes of a major scale are derived from the overtones of the fundamental, since they occur naturally and thus more often, it would be logical to posit this acoustic phenomenon as being the origin for the term "Major".
Jun
2
comment Bourée 1 and 2 for “fast” piece (bass trombone)?
Agreed with NReilingh - Bach is unforgiving and mistakes are instantly apparent when they arise. Yes, your breathing must be convincing. If I were an adjudicator, I would also be interested in hearing your slurring - especially through faster passages. Articulated notes show accuracy and flexibility, but clean slurring on the trombone shows nuance and dedication. That all said, I would also definitely prepare the required material as well: necmusic.edu/pdf/prep/Spring_Bass_Trombone.pdf if you have not done so already.
Jun
1
comment I've “lost my voice.” What physically happened to my vocal physiology?
Agreed with Codeswitcher here - drink lots of water and rest, and don't sing. Singing with inflamed vocal cords can damage them (even though it is awesome to sing the really low notes...).
May
31
comment What exactly constitutes a PhD in music?
@WheatWilliams - most would say the difference is that it gives you better color choices for your robes. :)
May
31
comment Has music notation become more prescriptive?
I am not sure why this answer has gotten so many up-votes. It does not answer the question at all. It mostly relates historical practice of not writing things down - the exact opposite of what the OP initially asked. There is little information here - no mention of Boulez, Berio, Ravel, Ferneyhough, expansion of the orchestra / harmonic language, futurism, Varese, Xenakis, Schwantner, Rouse, or any other contemporary composers. I am just wondering here...are people actually reading before they up-vote?
May
30
comment What's the difference in sound between different wood grades?
I have re-opened the question. It is not about wood, it is about how sound is affected by different grades of wood - an important consideration in building an instrument, which directly affects the practice of musical performance. Not to mention that this question also applies to the musical practice of instrument construction.
May
29
comment What exactly constitutes a PhD in music?
Don't forget about a PhD in Composition! (Not the same as theory :) )
May
29
comment Is there a Relative Pitch Clef?
@BraddSzonye - I completely disagree with you here. Figured bass is not a compromise - it was a short-hand used primarily in the Baroque period for the continuo to realize the harmony to support the melody. If anything, it may be considered a predecessor of macro-analytical notation used in lead sheets and jazz charts used by contemporary musicians.
May
29
comment Baroque music composed in the 21st century
@Bradd - I disagree, this question relates to the musical practice of composition aesthetic and is therefore pertinent to the site.
May
29
comment Horn clefs across two staves
Nice answer Bob - just want to clarify for the OP that Bob is saying that the high horns are 1 and 3 while the low horns are 2 and 4. Though they may appear in this fashion in the score, they are more commonly divided as 1-2, 3-4 in the parts.