Beauty laid out Throught Time

Music's dance with the soul

Music Tutorial


This tutorial is now integrated with the choir and is no longer offered as a separate tutorial.

Philosophy often discusses abstract terms such as beauty, justice and love.  However, for such discussions to be meaningful, the student must be convinced that such terms have a corresponding reality.  Choral singing is one of the most universally accessible activities that bring us into direct contact with perhaps life's most pungent experience of beauty; however, to keep music from being a solely mystical experience that might dissappear before our minds in the sanctified mists of personal isolation, it is essential that we attempt to articulate our experience of beauty through the shared commerce of the mind- words.  Music theory is the attempt to articulate an account of why music moves us as it does and in so doing become better musicians and listeners.

The music tutorial is based on Victor Zuckerkandl'sThe Sense of Music.  Zuckerkandl was a Austrian conductor who emigrated to the United States and taught at St. John's College.  His text is oriented to the non-musical student, however, without some knowledge of the piano and an ability to read music, following his examples is difficult.  Yet, even for the non-musician who is eager to understand the phenomena of music, much can be gained. 

For some easy and fun music theory, listen to theMusic Theory Song.  Also,a very quick history of music.  Also, aquick history of pop music (close the window during the riskay last part).

Here are the musical selections used in The Sense of Music

Beethoven: Bagatelle No. 9, Op. 119
Oscilloscope example
Vibrating strings example
Atonal Music
From: Schubert, Impromtu, op. 142, No. 3
J.S. Bach, Twelve Little Preludes, NO. 3 in C minor
Schubert, Impromptu, op. 142, No. 2
Schubert, Moment Musical, No.2
From: Beethoven, Piano Sonate, op.13
J.S. Bach, Prelude and Fugue in C minor, The Well-Tempered Clavichord, I
From: Chopin, Mazurka, op. 7, No. 1
    A want to be in America- West Side Story  6/8 + 3/4 alternating
From: Schutz, St. Matthew Passion
From: Palestrina, Missa Papae Marcelli; Kyrie, Gloria
From: Hayden, String Quartet, op. 76, No. 3
From: Hayden, String Quartet, op. 76, No. 6 see 1:31
J.S. Bach, Two-part Invention, No. 1
From: Schubert, Der Mueller und der Bach
Schubert, Heidenroslein
From: Schubert, Der Wanderer
From: Schubert, Mein!
Schubert, Erlkoenig

 

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IntervalAscendingDescending
Minor 2ndWhite Christmas (Irving Berlin)Joy to the World (Christmas)
Major 2ndHappy Birthday to YouMary had a little lamb
Minor 3rdGreensleevesJesus Loves Me
Major 3rdOh, when the SaintsSwing Low Sweet Chariot
Perfect 4thAmazing GraceOh, come all ye faithful
TritoneMaria (West side story)YYZ (Rush)
Perfect 5thTwinkle Twinkle Little StarFlintstones theme
Minor 6thThe Entertainer (Scott Joplin)Love story theme
Major 6thDashing Through the Snow (Jingle Bells)Nobody knows the trouble I’ve seen
Minor 7thSomewhere (West side story)Watermelon man
Major 7thSomewhere over the Rainbow (Wizard of Oz) *1st and 3rd pitchI Love You (Cole Porter)
OctaveSingin' in the RainWillow Weep for Me
   

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