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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/).


Jan
12
comment Any quick way to know if my tune is already used?
no comment on the vote down?
Dec
23
comment Who is the successor of Schnittke?
Depending on what aspect of Schnittke's work, Sofia Gubaidulina is a decent choice. She has played with the juxtaposition of past and present and pastiche in her work.
Dec
22
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.
Dec
22
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.
Dec
22
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.
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
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
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
18
comment Why is a note sometimes a 4th and sometimes an 11th?
This is correct for rock/pop. A "6 chord" in classical music omits the 5, but does not have the same function as the normal (root position) chord. The function is the same as the chord built on the 6 (i.e., as in a C/E chord)
Jul
8
comment Why does Fux use F# in his counterpoint to a firmus written in G mixolydian
Looked it up in the original 1725 edition, imslp.org/wiki/Gradus_ad_Parnassum_(Fux,_Johann_Joseph) p. 61 -- it's definitely there in the original. My guess is that since each of the last two Fs move up to G it may have been considered a cross-relation to make the first F-natural and the second F#.
Jun
14
comment The origin of “Battle Ends And Down Goes Charles' Father”
Not sure that's it's too localized to keep as a question -- answers are still getting upvotes.
Apr
7
comment Do the F clef and G clef always reside on the same line?
A common place where someone might encounter the French violin clef is in the Dover (Bach Gesellschaft) edition of the Musical Offering, which uses it for several pieces.
Apr
7
comment Do the F clef and G clef always reside on the same line?
That is the French Violin Clef. The G-soprano clef rests on the third line and is lower than treble clef. More often that clef was written as a C clef on the bottom line.
Apr
7
comment Are there any “etudes for the orchestra”?
I think Kari is right -- I've played in a number of bands with them as a kid, but never orchestras.
Feb
20
comment What is the rhythmic notation for 5/8 the duration of a whole note?
Crumb wanted to innovate on notation and believed (so I gather) that by making a new note value that he hoped would become standard, more people would begin to use quintuple meter and consider it as fundamental to music as duple and triple meter. His notation wasn't a success, but music history is filled with similar examples, some of which worked and we now consider obvious (stem direction according to height), some were standard but disappeared later (custodes telling you the first note of the next line) and many failed.
Dec
29
comment Can the double stop E natural F sharp be played on cello?
Great followup. I totally agree that double stops should be used sparingly and knowingly for their specific effect when there is an alternative of using two players.
Dec
6
comment Do instruments get out of tune when you place them near a radiator?
A wood instrument can crack, not so much from the heat, but from the dryness around the radiator. Avoid if you possibly can. If you can't, make sure that a dampit or other humidity adding device is stored really close by.
Oct
23
comment List of possible trichord/triad names
something seems to not be working the answer is not appearing. View Source to see the list. Or maybe someone can figure out why...