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Associate Professor of Music at MIT writing a book on 14th c. Italian Music. Teach music theory, Medieval and Renaissance Music, Contemporary Music, and Computational Musicology. Developer of the music21 toolkit for Symbolic Music Information Retrieval (http://web.mit.edu/music21/).


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comment Is 'Gianni Schicchi' the shortest well-known opera ever written?
I don't understand the off-topic nature; it is about performance and history. The precise definition of "commonly performed" might be more for music fans, but I don't think the question is mainly about that.
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revised What's the earliest known piece of polyphonic music?
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comment What's the earliest known piece of polyphonic music?
Great answer! The lack of precise pitch notation except in the enchiriadis treatises limits the number of performable polyphonic pieces that I would expect to find. Between these pieces there are some other important repertories; google Winchester Troper or Aquitanian Polyphony. We are also talking about polyphony in the Western (European) style; heterophony probably predates any of these in many traditions.
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comment Why do baroque operas tend to have postmodernist stage designs?
Voted up as a brilliant answer: supported by the literature on baroque opera staging; not primarily opinion-based.
Nov
29
comment What does the “+” symbol mean in a keyboard piece when attached to a note?
In some musical pieces since around 1980 the sign is used to indicate a stopped or muted note on the piano -- place a finger near the pegs on the strings to be struck. It creates a muted sound. I've never seen it used for pizz. on a piano. In this older example, however, the accepted answer is the correct interpretation.
Nov
10
reviewed Reviewed Good books for romantic/contemporary period performance?
Oct
21
awarded  Necromancer
Oct
20
revised Electronic Wind Instrument technique resources
Add more specific question to be less broad. Define EWI
Oct
20
reviewed Leave Open Electronic Wind Instrument technique resources
Oct
19
revised What are the limitations of the ABC notation format?
add one more paragraph.
Oct
19
comment Why is a note sometimes a 4th and sometimes an 11th?
The 6/3 inversion is commonly called 6. It's most often used w/ a roman numeral (I6, V6) but still often called with its root name, as in C6 or G6, in American classical music theory classes. The 6/4 inversion is always called 6-4. The rock C6 chord would either be called C65 or C(add)13. As normative behavior of what it should be called, you may be right, but as a description of what classical musicians and theorists call it, I think you'll find that lots of texts disagree.
Oct
19
comment Why is a note sometimes a 4th and sometimes an 11th?
@Tim -- in Classical music contexts, C/E is called a 6 chord. Hence why it's confusing.
Oct
19
revised What Moods have been associated with D-Flat major?
rephrase to be more musicological than opinion-based.
Oct
19
answered Is a tie needed into a second-time bar?
Oct
19
revised Name for descending semitones under a repeating musical phrase?
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Oct
19
comment What Moods have been associated with D-Flat major?
I'm not sure that the other question (while broader, and perhaps something to reword to) is a substitute for this question. "What is the point of other keys?" could be answered with range, fingerings, difficulty, modulation strategies, etc.; mood is only one of the "points".
Oct
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suggested approved edit on Name for descending semitones under a repeating musical phrase?
Oct
19
comment What are the limitations of the ABC notation format?
There's the opus file format for MusicXML and the multiple \score block coding for Lilypond, but for simplicity in creating medleys of tunes (and support for parsing), nothing beats ABC.
Oct
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answered What are the limitations of the ABC notation format?