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MUS110H1 Lecture 1 - Rhythm 10-12-07 2:05 AM Thursday, September 23, 2010 Main Stylistic Eras of Western Music Middle Ages (Medieval): ca. 500 ca. 1400 o Main music found in the Church (the literate people were there) Renaissance: ca. 1400 ca. 1600 o rebirth time (The Church and nobility lost some authority and common folk discovered they might have talent) Baroque: ca. 1600 ca. 1750 o Dramatic period (opera, Bach, Vivaldi, raised level of emotion) Classical: ca. 1750 ca. 1800 o Music very removed, carefully organized, balanced (Mozart, young Beethoven) th 19 Century: ca. 1800 ca. 1899 20 thCentury: ca. 1900 ca. 1999 Rhythm Is the organization of events in time The grouping of musical sounds, principally by means of duration and stress What do we listen for? o Levels of rhythmic activity high or low? o Layers of rhythmic activity same or different levels of activity? An orchestra is a good example of this o Do we hear recurrent patterns? More than one recurrent pattern? Recurrent patterns in multiple layers of activity? Medieval th i.e. Gregorian Chant, Kyrie (ca. 10 century) very proportioned very balanced sense of peacefulness very rhythmically laid back, non-metric music
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