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SMC103Y1 Lecture Notes - January 30, Melisma

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Michael O Connor

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January 30th,2013
Words and music
Agustine says he can condon music in worship dependent on the words it
conveys. If it obstructs the words then he's singing.
The idea we have is that music and words have to fit together
There are at least two ways music and words are supposed to fit
Structurally: music is not going to violate the words. The stresses have to be
logical rhythem and notes have to be right.
Semantically: meaning of the words. If the words are joyful you'll expect that
the music may match these words
For unto us a child is born - joyful mood, no, I'd voi non vo fidarmi (blind
love, cruel beauty, somebody has been treated - wont trust them again) yet
the music is the same as for unto us a child is born
We must think of this theory of a structural Match and a semantically match.
But there is also some flexibility.
Divine order (cosmos) ---> words
---> music
---> building
There's a place where this happens. The church, its the container of this
music. Is architecture would reflect this order. The physical location is
expected to be in harmony with the cosmos
. But we think its weird because they don't follow the structural ans
systematically theory
Musicians are and have always been inventive lot
In hildegards time they were part of a tradition that they were growing
Bible that was always the same, when you have a sermon it comes from
scripture but it different
Development of music in the later medieval period
Chant remains foundation but composers do different things with it
Al-le-Lu----------ia (melisma between lu ia) but they removed the melisma
and inserted words between the Lu ia
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