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I'm currently interested in the harmonic foundations of both melody and the use of scales and modes.


Jul
13
awarded  Yearling
Mar
8
revised Book or reference for music theory with deep explanations?
minor clarification
Mar
8
answered Book or reference for music theory with deep explanations?
Mar
8
awarded  Critic
Mar
8
comment Book or reference for music theory with deep explanations?
Unfortunately there are no models that can account for all music. The best in class pale in comparison to something like a theory of physics. The problem seems to be the existence of such a vast variety of effects, both simple and composite. The result is that people construct their mental frameworks differently depending on their practice. However, Rameau's Treatise on Harmony (largely on root motion) has been very influential. Schenkerian Analysis presents an ambitious but not as widely accepted view of Western composition. In modal jazz, the Lydian Chromatic Concept was significant.
Jan
12
comment What kind of temperament to play Monteverdi with?
Can't vouch for early baroque, but by the mid-baroque meantone seemed to be most common. This is the reference era for the discussion of temperament, though, so really many different types were practiced and theorized. By picking the temperament you think suits the pieces best (by the range of keys, duration of each key, etc.), I'd say you're practicing the authentic experience. Of course, if you find a good text on Monteverdi and temperament, please let us know!
Jan
12
comment Why Is Just Intonation Impractical?
Actually, the real problem behind tempering is not how poorly just perfect fifths (via the third harmonic) line up with octaves (via the second harmonic), but how poorly just major thirds (via the fifth harmonic) lines up with octaves. To see this, note that the equal-tempered fifth is only a few cents short of just while the equal-tempered major third is about 14 cents greater than just. The essence of the reasoning is the same, though.
Apr
23
awarded  Necromancer
Feb
26
comment What is intellectual experience of music?
The one statement I can't agree with is that we should make "less opinions about music". Why should music be so constrained? I think your post gives a valid perspective, but it seems too narrow to justify that conclusion. Our interpretations and questions and statements about music can be beautiful and worthy of attention. Critics like Rosen and Tovey have shed a lot of light on music. Also, "feeling intellectual while listening to music" may sometimes be "another emotional artifact", but that statement might detract from the discussion of what actually are intellectual aspects of music.
Feb
26
comment What is intellectual experience of music?
While I sympathize with your stance, I think this is an unnecessarily pessimistic view towards the word "intellectual". It has meaning beyond its status as a trophy. I'd say that great music is far too complicated for any one person to fully comprehend by herself, and talking about these intricacies is a great way to broaden her understanding. Plus, it's just nice to talk about things you love, intellectual or not.
Feb
26
comment What is intellectual experience of music?
Yeah, definitely in time. But there are no sounds outside of time, and music is specifically about sound. Unless you mean something more like musica universalis. Which is awesome.
Feb
26
answered What is intellectual experience of music?
Feb
20
revised Voice leading confusion
substantial rework in light of comments
Feb
17
comment Voice leading confusion
--"The melody alone skips a bar line and this makes it seem like what are evading voice leading but in reality it is just a skip from a harmonic tone to another." I'm not sure I understand that sentence, but voices can skip to harmonically near or far tones and still retain integrity. --"..I think it is a bit simpler than it looks." How does it look? Maybe I'll add a more intense example. -- Are you concerned that voice-leading doesn't apply to the example? I guess I'm having trouble understanding your concerns.
Feb
13
awarded  Revival
Feb
13
revised Voice leading confusion
ImprovedFigure
Feb
13
answered Voice leading confusion
Feb
6
comment Voice leading confusion
Could you provide an example passage where you find voice-leading difficult to apply?
Feb
2
answered Dominant functioning as a Subdominant!
Jan
14
awarded  Editor