03 - Qualities of Musical Sound Note = individual unit of...

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1 Lecture 3, Sept. 4 Anglo-American Ballads 9/4/07 2 Qualities of Musical Sound Note = individual unit of musical sound Every note has timbre, volume, and duration. Most have pitch, too. Timbre refers to sound “color” (e.g., the difference between a trumpet, a violin, and a flute). Volume refers to how loud or soft a note is. Duration refers to length in time, usually relative to other notes Pitch refers to how high or low a note is (related to frequency of vibration). Timbre, pitch, and volume may remain constant or vary within a single note. 9/4/07 3 Note also refers to a written symbol but not timbre or volume. Notation can record some aspects of musical performance well, but miss others completely. Notation can be a set of instructions for musicians a record or description of what was heard Proper interpretation usually depends on additional knowledge of customary or idiomatic ways of playing or singing. 9/4/07
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This note was uploaded on 04/06/2008 for the course MUSIC 26AC taught by Professor Brinner during the Fall '07 term at Berkeley.

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