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Questions tagged [musicology]

The scholarly study of music, particularly different musical cultures and traditions

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Music for Piano, Frangis Ali-Sade

What should I know about the music tradition behind Music for Piano, I believe mugham? From what I gather, the notation is more of you'd call a guideline. I have the 1998 Musikverlag Hans Sikorski ...
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Can someone help me figure out this music theory KEY finding question

Messing around Sunday I came up with a song that has the following Chord Progression. I'm just learning music theory and am having trouble on identifying the key. The chord progression is: C7 D7 F7 ...
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Beatles' usage of pronouns [closed]

I was wondering how did the Beatles' usage of pronouns influence the rock genre, and music in general? Of course, famous musicians such as Bruce Springsteen were inspired by their music, but did the ...
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Carnatic Vs Western 12 Note system

I was trying to learn the chromatic scale and associate it with carnatic equivalents (I know equal temperment is not the way with indian music, but it interest me to relate and learn it to certain ...
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Who particpated In formal musical grading education in England? [closed]

England has produced some very successful musicians in the popular music field in the past five decades. Elton John, The Beatles, The Stones, The Moody Blues, and countless others. But in the U.S. we ...
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What is the real meaning of “dominant” in music? [duplicate]

Please answer with a simple explanation and example. Why is every 5th tone from tonic called "dominant"?
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Where do I get answers to my musical “Why” questions, i.e. are there any “Why” books out there? [closed]

I have been studying music theory for some time now and I have become genuinely interested in the genealogy of music theory. I keep asking why when I study even the most basic of theories. For example,...
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Any studies on ear training, or musicality out there

Are there any established and scientifically backed-up facts about what is possible, and what time it takes for ear training? Any studies out there that look at these questions? Like letting people ...
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conterpoint and melodic learning or other ways?

If I want to learn about melodic for composition, I have to learn counterpoint, that 's right? Or it has other ways or great books for learning about, please anyone help me I lost a lot of time for ...
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Will the electric keyboard make other instruments obsolete? [closed]

Bear with me please. I am a classical guitar student who is teaching himself keyboard for composition purposes, and I've gained some appreciation for the keyboard. Some pieces I've struggled with on ...
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Is ear training for piano is 100% sufficient for ear training flute?

If a person ear trains pitches of piano will he be automatically able to understand the pitches of flute or should he do some extra ear train for flute ? For example can we say if a person ear trains ...
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Prevailing theories about discovery of harmonic intervals

Are there any prevailing theories for how Paleolithic man discovered and shared knowledge about harmonic intervals? EDIT: I'm not referring to the mathematical characterization of the overtone ...
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Meaning of Capitalization on The Notation of Gregorian Psalm Tone Endings

As you know, most Gregorian Psalm Tones have alternative endings. For example, Tone I has 10 possible endings. The endings are denoted by a letter and a number. I understand (correct me if I am ...
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Live AR in music performance

What does it mean by Live AR in music performance? Sometimes, they also put it as Live AR mic open in the setlist/cue sheet of the live music performance/concert.
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Lili Boulanger: Prelude in D-flat major: manuscript interpretation

I've found two type-settings of the prelude: One via IMSLP One via youtube The original manuscript/facsimile is also available via IMSLP. I'm not sure if I can trust either typeset versions. While ...
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Dominant seventh

I just watched a video about music theory and the guy in the video sounded as if there is a difference between AMaj7 which would A C# E G And something he called an "A major dominant seven" Is ...
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Why did Beethoven include “in the Lydian Mode” in the title of String Quartet, Op.132 - 3?

Beethoven himself gave a title to String Quartet No.15 in A minor, Op.132 - 3: A Convalescent's Holy Song of Thanksgiving to the Divinity, in the Lydian Mode From the language and context, and ...
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Is Major/Minor tonality the right term for this

When a song has both a major and a minor feel at the same time. I'm not talking about major sounding minor song or vice versa. I'm talking about a song that isn't strictly one or the other. Some ...
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Is there a music term for this

The notes that a musician or singer stresses and emphasises in a melody. The contouring they use. Their phrasing of the melody. Essentially the way they articulate the melody. I call that voicing - I'...
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The Basso Continuo and the Jazz Rhythm Section

I've seen many musicologists compare the Basso Continuo of the Baroque Era to the Jazz Rhythm Section, an analogy which I think is valid and understandable. Here's one reference (of many) that I ...
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Shouldn't all music intervals have five names?

Shouldn't technically all intervals have five names? (Maybe with few exceptions where it goes below zero semitone but still I can't see why it can't go below zero semitone when it can be played) ...
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ways to learn tango musicality [closed]

I have started learning tango dance.. I have realized the importance of musicality for one to enjoy the dance. I have never learnt anything about music before. Now i want to learn musicality so that i ...
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Rock , pop music , four part harmony and couterpoint , how are they relate to? Where I should start? [closed]

Now, I try to learn four part harmony but I never learn counterpoint , I want to know how 're they related to one another, for example the rock three peices band or metal song like Enter Sandman , I ...
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chords, chord theory, and bass lines

Can someone please explain how chords work within a song? My previous post was on chord progressions and how to hear and listen for them in a song. More people than Not have told me to listen ...
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Chord Progressions and changes

I understand music theory thoroughly and I understand the different elements that makes up songs and music. However, I have a problem hearing chord changes and progressions in songs. I can hear the ...
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When does a song become a Hit? [closed]

We so often hear that a song is so great that it's a hit. But what should happen for it to become one, who's responcible? How does a song become a hit?
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Vocals in music

Can someone please elaborate on the concept of singing on pitch and also is there a such thing as rapping on pitch?
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How much does a good electric guitar cost [closed]

I also need to know if I should jump to learning electric guitar or should I first practice acoustic
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Singing On Pitch?

I understand the concept of singing on pitch note for note when practicing scales but when applying this to an actual song I get lost. Take this song for example from (0:25-1:38) ...
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Regarding Schubert's Missing 'Gastein' Symphony

My understanding has been that Schubert's 'Gastein Symphony' was presumed lost, until scholars realized it was in fact his 9th symphony (the 'Great'). But Wikipedia tells me the 7th Symphony, D. 729, ...
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Wood vs Stone first drum

What was the first drum instrument? Was it wood or stone? Maybe there is an answer out there, but all I found were mere discussions.
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What is really the piece called Suite No. 2 by W.A. Mozart?

I've gotten my hands on an arrangement by Simeon Bellison for clarinet quartet * of a Suite No. 2 / W.A. Mozart. This surprised me because Mozart didn't complete any suites as far as I know. I checked ...
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Violin - Western Classical vs indian classical. How different are they?

Just a curious beginner with no music background and knowledge of music. I am fond of Western classical music, thus violin. I have a violin but don't know where to start. I couldn't find someone to ...
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if music is universal does that also mean anyone can enjoy most music genres/styles?

I hear some people in my personal life sometimes say that they only like a few genres or one specific genre of music like just rock, hip-hop, or classical. This didn't make much sense to me though ...
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End Accents in Other Cultures

Disclaimer: It's difficult mixing terminology between Western and non-Western musics, but I'll try to make my question as clear as possible. Western Classical music most often has an accent at the ...
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How would you develop a musical instrument using a QWERTY computer keyboard? [closed]

Just now I had the idea of developing an musical instrument using the default QWERTY keyboard, for the study of music, harmony and the like. I would like the advice of more experient musicians on the ...
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musical theory of lullabies

I'm studying lullabies right now, and am just left wondering about a few things. Why is a common element of a lullaby that it has a slow tempo? Also, why is having a high tessitura so important?
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How does Indian and Western Musical contain Seven Notes ? Is it a Coincidence?

How does Indian (sa,re,ga,ma,pa,dha,ni) and Western(c,d,e,f,g,a,b) music have seven notes ? Is it a coincidence or someone copied from other ?
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What is the motif used in many chaconnes in the 17th century?

Wikipedia says that a chaconne is a musical composition involving variations on a harmonic progression or melody (motif), similar to the passacaglia. In essence, it is a musical form. The motif is ...
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metrical structure - levels of metrical grouping

In Music, Mind and Brain: The Neuropsychology of Music they use a technique to find the most "salient" level of grouping. Link to passage text here This is important in musicology for making ...
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In musicology, what is a key profile?

What is a "key profile"? Krumhansl-Schmuckler developed an algorithm that aids in finding the key of a piece of music. The algorithm depends on pitches and durations and requires the generation of ...
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What are the avoid notes for exotic scales in jazz music?

I know there are avoid notes for the diatonic scale and the melodic minor scale. I am not familiar with exotic scale avoid notes (if they really exist in jazz music), for example, there is the ...
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Did baroque composers think of ritardando on their compositions?

I've been always told that whenever I play any baroque piece on the piano, I should take special care when attending to, for example, the amount of right pedal I should use. It sounded perfectly ...
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Musicology of Melody

I recently had a long discussion with my supervisor regarding the musicology of melody, which I can sum up as follows: Musicological studies of melody are not as rich and comprehensive as, say rhythm ...
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Literature on scientific achievements in physiological acoustics after Helmholtz [closed]

I'm greatly interested in theoretical/mathematical/physiological aspects of music and sound. As everyone knows, the Greek already discovered that consonant sounds seem to correspond to simple ...
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History of Russian Clarinet/Bass Clarinet low notes

In the music of mid-century Russian/Soviet composers, it's common to assume that bass clarinets extend to low-C and that Bb clarinets might have a low Eb key. I know from many sources that this was a ...
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Music Theory Classification Systems

For musical instruments there are a number of hierarchical classification systems in use worldwide, amongst them the well-known but somewhat limited Hornbostel-Sachs system. I find myself wondering ...
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How can a non-musician recognize anacrusis?

I need help understanding anacrusis (pickup notes). I'm no musician - I'm more of an anthropologist. I was reading some articles on ethnomusicology, and one of them makes reference to anacrusis in ...
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is ar.rahman best of all [closed]

i am hearing some songs by the musician ar.rahman. many songs makes very good feel on the song. is he best?
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Performance practice of baroque triplets

When is a triplet not actually played as three equal-duration note lengths? If I may use ratio notation -- I have always understood the only acceptable interpretation of a triplet notation to be the ...