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Please help me clarify this sentence about 'microtones' on Grove Music

Whenever you play two notes at the same time, the difference in pitches is called an interval. Because of how pitch perception works, generally we care about the ratio of frequencies, rather than the ...
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Please help me clarify this sentence about 'microtones' on Grove Music

Just intonation favours expressing intervals across the entire keyboard as ratios of small numbers: (Perfect) octave - 2:1 Perfect fifth - 3:2 Perfect fourth - 4:3 Major third - 5:4 Minor third - 6:5 ...
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Please help me clarify this sentence about 'microtones' on Grove Music

Just in case Grove has a global perspective on things: Arabic music is often described as having "microtones" or "quarter tones". The actual case here is precisely what Grove ...
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Please help me clarify this sentence about 'microtones' on Grove Music

To expand on what @Aaron already said: music (tones) is based on partial harmonics. Take the first two partial harmonics (1:2 and 2:3) of any given tone and you get the octave (1:2, double the ...
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Please help me clarify this sentence about 'microtones' on Grove Music

Before 12tet came about, some instruments - such as harpsichords - whch are tuned specifically, would be tuned so that their notes sounded best in certain keys. Just Intonation and other temperaments ...
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Please help me clarify this sentence about 'microtones' on Grove Music

Music that uses tuning systems other than 12-tone equal temperament (12-TET) is often referred to as "microtonal". 12-TET arose as an approximation of Just Intonation so that it was possible ...
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What are "apparent octaves and unisons"?

An apparent octave (or fifth) occurs when a note is double but is not intended to create another "voice." For example, in strict four-part harmony, one tries to keep all four voices ...
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Piano Sheet Music Symbols of Long Diagonal Lines

As others have supposed, there is no formal name for these lines. In Elaine Gould's Behind Bars, which is the standard reference for music notation, she just refers to them as "diagonal lines&...
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Piano Sheet Music Symbols of Long Diagonal Lines

These thin (not boldface) diagonal lines indicate that notes in a "voice" (not necessarily a hand) in one staff is moving to the other staff. They are often solid, but are sometimes dashed ...
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What tempo is andante con moto?

The core questions are: 1. At what tempo should the second movement of Beethoven's Fifth begin? 2. How should it be counted? About Beethoven and tempo indications At the time Beethoven composed the ...
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What do you call a lightweight version of a chorus inside or between verses?

Although the term isn't as common in a musical context as it is in a literary one, what I hear is a foreshadowing of the chorus to come.
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