Questions tagged [theory]

For questions about how music works, seeking to identify structures and patterns in music. Used to indicate questions about musical concepts and structures, as opposed to techniques and execution.

17 questions with no upvoted or accepted answers
Filter by
Sorted by
Tagged with
6 votes
1 answer
118 views

Clarification on Schoenberg's "pivot tones" in minor from Theory of Harmony

While going through chapter 5 I have multiple times had to amend my understanding of the four instructions Schoenberg gives on the usage of the sixth and seventh degrees of the minor scale. My ...
4 votes
0 answers
79 views

Is there a list of Just Intonation chords as defined by Fétis, using ratios?

One way of ‘spelling’ chords in just intonation is using ratios - such as 10:12:14:17 (multiplications of the frequency of an implied ‘missing fundamental’). Fétis is quoted in Wikipedia (and here by ...
3 votes
1 answer
49 views

Teaching myself to identify phrases and need feedback

I took this piece by Schumann (Melodie) and am trying to identify the cadences. I have already started to try and identify the phrases first. I am unsure if the first system is one phrase. Any help ...
3 votes
0 answers
101 views

How to get that off-kilter feeling from sungazer?

Sungazers music has this beautiful off-kilter feeling to it and I hope to replicate it in my own music. How is this achieved? examples: ...
2 votes
1 answer
47 views

3part counterpoint 4th species fusion resolving note appearing in other parts

This is 16th century 3 part 3rd and 4th species fusion counterpoint. At the second measure, there's C, The first note on the soprano. In the bass, there's sustained D, which will resolve to C. The ...
2 votes
2 answers
147 views

How to score study for composition

Could somebody tell, step by step, what is the most effective way to study a score, if my goal is to copy a composer's "language" as an exercise: to create a similar piece and to learn from ...
1 vote
0 answers
43 views

I am teaching myself to identify sequences (harmonic and melodic) in Bach Orchestral Suite No.3 Air

I am using Bach's "Air" to identify melodic/ harmonic sequences. I started some of the first page and want to know if I am on the right track. IS the bass I labeled considered a sequence? I ...
1 vote
0 answers
39 views

More Terms for Melodic Functions in Narrative Situations

Leitmotifs (which in this context I mean as a motif or theme representing a person, place, thing, idea, etc.) are one of the only music theory concepts that have really escaped into (comparatively) ...
  • 133
1 vote
0 answers
106 views

Did percussion instruments communicate spoken words in click languages?

There are a number of click languages in Africa where 'clicks' function as part of their language. It seems like it would be possible to communicate some words with percussion instruments (maybe a ...
  • 403
1 vote
0 answers
51 views

Inverted pedal tones but intervals

What is the correct term when you play melodic intervals in higher pitch than primary melody? As for the rhythmic support for primary melody. If it was pedal tones played that way, it would be called ...
  • 11
1 vote
0 answers
53 views

Slonimsky Double Note Progressions

What method did Slonimsky use to derive his Double Note Progressions? ... Starting on p.196 Double Notes Tritone progressions to p.214 Sesquitone (minor3th) progressions from (Thesaurus of Scale and ...
1 vote
0 answers
61 views

What does affect the recognition of melodies, rhythms, and chords?

I am looking for studies or meta-studies in which it has been systematically explored how two presented pieces of music (two rhythms, two melodies, two chords) may deviate such that test persons do ...
0 votes
0 answers
13 views

Does the needed accompany notes on 3 part 4th species rule also apply on 3part 2nd and 4th species fusion?

At the 2nd measure, is the sustained note 4,7 resolving to 5,3 ok ? while doing 3 part 4 species there was explanation that when using 7-8 resolution the the 5th note needs to accompany but I don't ...
0 votes
0 answers
128 views

Ukulele prodigy said Do-Re-Mi-Fa-Sol took him three months to learn - what does this mean?

In this video, at around 18 seconds, ukulele guitar prodigy Feng E said his father taught him how to play ukulele, and he learned Do-Re-Mi-Fa-Sol in three months, which, according to him, might be a ...
  • 1,473
0 votes
0 answers
117 views

how to get a "desolate" sound?

example: Detroit people mover Squarepusher
-1 votes
2 answers
196 views

What is the internal harmony of this Liszt melody?

This is an exercise taken out of Walter Piston’s Harmony (4th ed). Let me know how you would change my progression.
  • 441
-3 votes
1 answer
74 views

Grouping and Beaming rules for specific time signatures

The question asks to rewrite the notes according to the grouping and beaming rules of the given time signature. The first picture is the question and the second picture is my answer to it. Am I ...
  • 61