September 3 & 4, 1997
WebBoard assignment: logon and send a one sentence comment
on this lecture.
Clarification: parallels between science (physics) and music
(art). Newton and the laws of motion, determinism; relativity;
indeterminism in music and Quantum mechanics. Approximate dates.
The tonal system as a hierarchy. The common language
concept. Scales and modes. Basic elements of functional tonality:
- Selection of a diatonic scale out of the total chromatic
- Main degrees of the scale
- Secondary degrees of the scale
- Chord building by thirds (triads)
- Rules for doubling and for voice leading in 4 part writing
- Chord progressions and the rationale behind them.
- Basic cadences
- Substituting secondary degrees for the main degrees
- Diatonic modulations based on pivot chords
The system was gradually expanded to include both more chord progressions
and chords with an increased number of elements (sounds).
We covered about this much on Wednesday - the rest is for Thursday !
- Embelishments on the same idea: chromatic harmony
- Secondary dominants
- Neapolitan 6th
- Altered dominant 7th and 9th chords
- Augmented 6th chords
- Raised Supertonic (II) and raised Submedian (VI) chords
- Augmented triads
- other types of chords
- Enharmonic (mis)spellings and modulation. Ambiguity.
- the many facets of the fully dimished and of the augmented
- many-layered secondary functions
back to Class Notes |
back to Music 104 |
to Reserve list |
to Syllabus |
back to Courses |
back to Sever Tipei's home page |
Computer Music Project |
Music Composition and Scientific Sonification Project