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Unformatted text preview: ELEMENTS OF MUSIC MELODY: Kamien: . . . a series of single notes that add up to a recognizable whole. A musical sound or a tone is defined in terms of its pitch and its duration Tones are represented by musical symbols called Notes Thus, a melody is a succession of tones, and tones are represented in musical notation as notes Aside: western musical convention assigns notes to letter names, AG (A-B-C-D-E-F-G) MUSICAL NOTATION was crucial to the 1 evolution of western music; written music became the means to transmit musical compositions AND it enabled composers to realize works of great complexity Modern musical notation is rooted in the religious life of the Middle Ages (4501450) Gregorian Chant (or Medieval Plainchant) Chant is melodicized prayer sung in Latin To standardize chant texts and melodies, monasteries developed a system of notation with which to preserve and transmit 3,000 chants In the Beginning was the Word: nearly all medieval music was written for singing voices only 2...
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