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Lecture 1

MUS 1030 Lecture 1: Elements of Music-Sound

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Sound There are several factors that make up sound. Concinnity: harmony or elegance of design, deep interaction of the elements, and nonsubjective standard for judging art *The higher the interaction (concinnity), the greater the work of art.* Timbre: Tone Color Musical Instruments: 1. aerophones use air to produce sound 2. chordophones use stretched strings to produce sound 3. idiophones produce sound from their own substance 4. membranophones use tightly stretched skins to produce sound Types of Voices: 1. Soprano = high female 2. Mezzo soprano = medium female 3. Alto = low female 4. Tenor = high male 5. Baritone = medium male 6. Bass = low male Sound can also have Texture: Density Monophic: Melody alone Example: ChantPuer Natus Est Homophonic: Melody with accompaniment Example: Monteverdi Savall Polyphonic: 2 or more melodic lines Of equal importance Often imitative Example: Bach: Fugue in G Minor Dynamics=Volume 1. Pianissimovery soft 2. Pianosoft 3. Mezzo Pianomoderately soft 4. Mezzo Fortemoderately loud 5. Forteloud 6. Fortissimovery loud
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