Chapter 1-3 - Power Of Music Chapter 1 1 Western-Structure...

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Power Of Music Chapter 1 1. Western-Structure form a. Music is understandable and comprehensible 2. Music is a powerful agent for memory a. It can take you back to a place where you heard that song/melody 3. Music is a rational organization of sounds and silences passing through time Sound Created by sound waves -Vibrations that reflect slight differences Speed of the vibration determines whether pitches are high or low Classical Music High art Timeless Precise Emphasizes instruments Acoustic Lengthy (several moods) Abstract Generally in a concert hall Popular Music Appeals to large population Contemporary issues Emphasizes vocal Electrically amplified Short (single mood) Emphasis on the beat 4. Genre - type of music 5. Music is a language a. Conveys any emotion b. Been apart of our life since infancy Rhythm, Melody and Harmony Chapter 2 Rhythm, Melody and Harmony Foundation of music 1. Rhythm -Organization of time in music At the heart of all rhythm is the beat/pulse Divides long spans of time into smaller more comprehendible units Rhythm is the most fundamental element of music
Gives shape to the melody Also provides definition to the melody Elements of Rhythm Beat is a regularly recurring sound Tempo - speed in which the beat sounds Allegro, Presto; Lento, Grave o Accelerando- speeding up o Ritardando- slowing down Meter - organizing beats into groups Measure - each group of beats Downbeat - first beat in each unit Accent - emphasis or stress o The strong beat isn’t necessarily the loudest. The weak beat can also be emphasized. Four notes that changed the world Opening notes of Beethoven’s fifth o Listen for the ever-changing appearance of the four-note motive Motive- short, distinct musical figure Symphony - instrumental genre for orchestra Movement - large independent section of a major instrumental work Also Sprach Zarathustra- Richard Strauss

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