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Impulse: Inter(re)actions I: Mass
Impulses performance on May 7 of 2011 featured Patrick Peringers Inter(re)actions I:
Mass, along with one of the groups pieces, Idea X. The concert took place at the Trinity United
Methodist Church in Dent
Brad Robin Seasons of the Mind
Attending the debut of this piece was one of the most unique concert experiences
Ive ever had! Seasons of the Mind, brainchild of Brad Robin, is an improvisational
collaboration between p
American Music Overview!
Charles Ives (1874-1954)!
Born and raised in Danbury, Connecticut.!
Father George Ives was local bandleader; fostered
sense of experimentation in his children.!
Rugged New England individualism; interest in
Explorations in Notation
Contemporary Notational Types
Time represented spatially, rather than symbolically.
Durations may be general or sp
Instrumental and Vocal
The Banshee (1925)
Peter Maxwell Davies (b. 1934)
Peter Maxwell Davies: Eight Songs for a Mad Ki
Inuences & Interests
Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862): American
Eric Satie (1866-1925): French composer
James Joyce (1882-1941): Irish writer and poet
Music & Technology I:
Tape music (xed media): musique concrte, elektronische Musik
Composing with Pitch-Class Sets
Using Pitch-Class Sets as a Compositional Tool
Pitches are labeled with numbers, which are enharmonically equivalent (e.g., pc 6 = G at,
F sharp, A double-at, or E double-sharp), thus allowing for
Explorations in Timbre,
Texture, and Space"
Edgard Varse (1883-1965)!
Varses Musical Philosophy !
concepts such as melody,
harmony, and counterpoint replaced by
interaction of sonic blocks: penetration,
Music & Technology I:
! Lejaren Hiller (1924-1994), with the
ILLIAC II Computer, University of Illinois
" Max V. Matthews (b. 1926), developer
of MUSIC V, at Bell Laboratories.
Lejaren Hiller and Leonard Isaacson: I
Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971)!
Born in St. Petersburg, Russia.!
Studied composition with Mighty Russian
Five composer Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov.!
Emigrated to Switzerland (1910) and
Composing a Melody!
Conjunct (e.g., scalar)"
Disjunct (e.g., chordal)"
New Harmonic Resources!
Paul Hindemith (1895-1962)!
Paul Hindemith: The Craft of Musical Composition (1937)!
Series IHierarchical relationship of scale degrees:!
Series IIHierarchical relationship of intervals (with inversions):!
A reaction to intellectual traditions that attempt to explain the world using
universal concepts such as Freudian models of the personality, Marxist theories of
economics, or the cause-and-effect explanations used
Second Viennese School!
Arnold Schnberg (1874-1951) "
L-R: Louis Savant (horn), Fritz Kreisler (violin), Arnold Schnberg (cello),
Eduard Gartner (violin), Karl Redlich (ageolet); c. 189
Principles of Acoustics!
Music, good or not good, has only
two ingredients that might be called Godgiven: the capacity of a body to vibrate
and produce sound and the mechanism of
the human ear that registers it. These two
ingredients can be studied and an
Precedents of Dodecaphony"
Soggeto Cavato ( Carved Melody )"
Josquin DesPresMissa Hercules Dux Ferrariae (c. 1480):!
H E R C U L E S!
(re) !(ut) !(re)!
D U X!
(re) !(fa) !(mi) !(re)!
French solfege sy