Friday, July 11, 2014

Lecture 4. Rhythm: Jazz, Pop and Classical

Published on Dec 7, 2012

Listening to Music (MUSI 112)

Professor Wright begins this lecture with a brief introduction to musical acoustics, discussing the way multiple partials combine to make up every tone. He reviews fundamental rhythmic terms, such as "beat," "tempo," and "meter," and then demonstrates in more depth some of the more complex concepts, such as "syncopation" and the "triplet." Professor Wright then moves on to discuss the basics of musical texture, giving detailed examples of three primary types: monophonic, homophonic, and polyphonic. The class is then taught the basics of rhythmic dictation -- skill that entails notating the rhythm of a piece after listening to it. Each of these disparate threads is brought together in the conclusion of the lecture, in which Mozart's Requiem is shown to weave different rhythms, textures, and pitches together to depict the text effectively.

00:00 - Chapter 1. Introduction to Multiple Partials
04:30 - Chapter 2. Syncopation and Triplets
14:33 - Chapter 3. Basics of Musical Texture
21:57 - Chapter 4. Counting Measures and Musical Dictation
38:15 - Chapter 5. Mozart's Requiem: Insights on Varying Textures and Pitches

Complete course materials are available at the Open Yale Courses website: http://oyc.yale.edu

This course was recorded in Fall 2008.

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