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Masters in music composition. Studied with Grammy award, Barlow and Pulitzer prize-winning composers.


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comment What kind of temperament to play Monteverdi with?
I would also think that the entire frequency range should be shifted downward from A=440. How much? Not sure. Maybe A=435 or lower.
May
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comment Is there a difference between 2/4 and 4/4
Honestly, meter and accent are very separate concerns, but that is not the popular intuition of so many (even professional) musicians. But if, as a composer, I were to give you a piece in 2/4 and the same piece rewritten in 4/4, I would expect the effect to be more pronounced over larger phrases than for each measure. If you find yourself focusing too hard on accents on a per measure basis, you're probably not paying enough attention to phrasing. Meter is simply there to give you a sense of how to piece together a coherent interpretation of the entire work, not "where to put the accent."
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comment How the time signature affects how to play a melody
@AmericanLuke This argument is weak. Study Guillaume de Machaut, Carnatic music (or even Brahms) for countless examples of why. In a word, isorhythm. Meter and accent are often correlated, but they are not by any means fixed.
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comment How the time signature affects how to play a melody
"every time signature has conventional downbeats" -- your use of the term downbeat is incorrect and even if replaced with the correct term (accent) this explanation is simplistic and amateurish. "Context being the meter" -- this is a really superficial conception of context; there is so much more to context in music than meter and some have even argued that meter is inherently misleading and/or anathema to a rich conception of musical organization (e.g. Trevor Wishart, On Sonic Art).
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comment How the time signature affects how to play a melody
That's silly. Convention might influence the interpretation of certain meters, but that doesn't make it a designation of "feel", whatever that means.
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comment The major scale - why and how?
"All of these frequencies are present in the overtone series"... Yes, but theoretically all pitches are present in the series, and in the A series a pitch closer to G-natural comes way before (and more strongly than) G-sharp. Your explanation doesn't account for this at all. @oliTUTilo 's explanation comes closest, but the reality is that it's as much a product of cultural evolution as the physics of sound.
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comment The major scale - why and how?
This is the only correct answer. Any answer referring to the overtone series only is bs as that would yield something more like the mixolydian mode.
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