MUSI 2520 (LECTURE 1)
*Music always relates to what’s going on in its own time*
CHARACTERISTICS OF MUSIC
-Western Music = all music in Western World & Europe
-Instrumentation is the main characteristic that generally differentiates Western music
from other cultures
-Tunning system in the West is called Equal Temperament (also used to differentiate)
-Western music scale has at least 7 notes
-Melody = derived from scales. In order of sets of pitches (notes).
^it’s the perceptible tune of a piece of music
-Harmony = at least 2 notes sounding simultaneously
^Chords = 3 or more notes sounding simultaneously
-Harmony & Chords can be classified as consonant (major / happy / pleasant) OR
dissonant (minor / sad / tense/complex)
-Rhythm = specific patterns of short & long durations given to the melody & harmony.
Rhythm (style/feel) can also be established with silence (pause), not just sound. Rhythm
is NOT the beat.
^Beat = pulse of the music. Beat & Tempo are closely related. Tempo = speed of