A Bored Composer

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blood-sweat-and-dci:

keyofdminor:

galleryavocado:

the fuck is this

it’s graphic notation.you can play the chimes in whichever way you interpret the lines.for example, you could see it as high points being forte dynamics, and low points being piano dynamics.but in this case, it looks like the composer just wants you to sustain the sound of the chimes after hitting an accent with them.it looks weird, yeah, but thankfully you don’t have to overthink this.

Nah, I don’t think that’s right

blood-sweat-and-dci:

keyofdminor:

galleryavocado:

the fuck is this

it’s graphic notation.

you can play the chimes in whichever way you interpret the lines.

for example, you could see it as high points being forte dynamics, and low points being piano dynamics.

but in this case, it looks like the composer just wants you to sustain the sound of the chimes after hitting an accent with them.

it looks weird, yeah, but thankfully you don’t have to overthink this.

Nah, I don’t think that’s right

(via shosta-brovich)

Set theory as an analytical tool

wheninmusictheory:

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When a student tries to argue that theory and analysis are detrimental to artistic expression.

wheninmusictheory:

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(via meandthedevilblues)

ritabentonmusiclibrary:

A compendium: or, Introduction to practical musick. In five parts.

Teaching … 1. The rudiments of song. 2. The principles of composition. 3. The use of discords. 4. The form of figurate descant. 5. The contrivance of cannon.

Simpson, Christopher, d. 1669. 
 
The 5th ed. with additions: much more correct than any former, the examples being put in the most useful cliffs …

London, Printed by W. P. for J. Young, 1714.
Description  

7 p. l., 144 p. front. (port.) illus. (music) tables. 18 cm.

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This introductory music text, in a fifth edition that is “much more correct than any former”, caught my eye for a couple of reasons.

First, the book starts with a poem titled “To all lovers of harmony” and I thought it was about time that someone gave some credit to those “whose eternal arms puts chaos into concord.” Let’s hear it for the theorists! The poem concludes with some choice words for those who hate music (see 2nd image above).

Second, the illustrations of musical concepts are impressive, both in terms of their clarity and simplicity. Musical concepts aren’t always the easiest to communicate, even with visual aids. As a librarian, I especially appreciate the Venn diagram nature of the cantus/tenor/bassus ladder diagram.

And lastly, there’s the final paragraph that proves musicians have been spouting the same advice for at least 300+ years - practice, practice, PRACTICE!

If you’d like to see the item in its entirety, it’s available in several editions on archive.org:

Sixth edition (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill):

http://archive.org/details/compendiumorintrsimp

Eighth edition (National Library of Scotland):

http://www.archive.org/details/compendiumorintr00simp

(via deceptivecadenza)

omgthegreywolf:

Found this in an elementary music textbook. My home dawg “Big Daddy” Bach

omgthegreywolf:

Found this in an elementary music textbook. My home dawg “Big Daddy” Bach

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Ignoring 8va markings in the first rehearsal

soyouwanttoplaytheviolin:

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thanks whatshouldwecallclarinet​ for the idea ;)

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doublefuckflat:

my fantastic gif job of martha and the conductor

(via obsessedviolinist)

doublefuckflat:

swear my conductor has gotten so sick of people not watching her she’s gotten to the point where she’s literally doing this

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#StopConductorsOvercondcuting2k14

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