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Department
Music
Course
MUS111H1
Professor
Greg Johnston
Semester
Fall

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MUS110H1 Melody; Timbre September 27, 2012 Melody A series of notes or pitches arranged in succession [to form a recognizable unit] What do we look and listen for in a melody? o Range and length of the melody o Conjunct (ABCD) or disjunct (BDAC) motion o Contour and overall shape o Regular/recurrent patterns or motives o Structural emphasis o Relationship between melody and rhythm/metre o Harmonic implications through arpeggiation or chromatic movement Robert Schumann, Scenes from Childhood o Disjunct motion to outline harmonies (chords) o Melodic line goes up Medieval o Predominatnly conjunct motion o Narrow range, staying within octave o Almost total absence of accidentals Countess of Dia, “I Must Sing” o No harmonic elements Renaissance Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina, Sanctus of the Mass: Eternal Gifts of Christ o Each voice has its own self-contained melody o Conjunct o Small range Baroque o Idiomatic writing (specific to the instrument) o Extremes in range o Disjunct writing o Amidst the chaos, contains “something familiar to come back to” Classical o
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