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Q&A What are the advantages of knowing the theory behind serialist compositions?

Great Music of the Twentieth Century (2018), by Robert Greenberg B.A. music (magna cum laude) from Princeton, Ph.D. music composition from U.C. Berkeley. Lecture 14 "The World Turned Upside Down"....

1 answer  ·  posted 2y ago by TextKit‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by MattheasBoelter‭

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Q&A Ought laypeople be able to imagine a tone row's transformations in their head, without hearing or playing them?

I've been listening to the Second Viennese School for 5 years now, and I love their music. Yet whenever I listen to a tone row, especially a new one, I can't hear its transformations in my head. I ...

1 answer  ·  posted 2y ago by TextKit‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by DonielF‭

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Q&A How much ear training is required to identify chords and their progressions, without perfect pitch and reading any scores?

I'm impressed by Kevin Wang's ability to identify chords aurally. He graduated with a BM in Piano Performance from the Rochester School of Music in 2016. I'm assuming that he has never seen t...

0 answers  ·  posted 1y ago by TextKit‭  ·  edited 1y ago by TextKit‭

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Q&A Why was Stravinsky alleged to be a lousy conductor?

I'm assuming that Stravinsky was healthy, could see and hear well, and had no personality disorders. How could a skilled composer like him be unskilled at conducting? Stravinsky as Pioneer of a Ne...

1 answer  ·  posted 2y ago by TextKit‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by Monica Cellio‭

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Q&A Did Xenakis intend his gratingly dissonant music to express his personal hardships?

I enjoy, and have no problems with: Xenakis's pieces for Solo Instruments (esp. tonal pieces like Six chansons pour piano), Percussion (Ensemble), or String (Ensemble). no more than a ha...

0 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by TextKit‭

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Q&A Why did Mravinsky refuse to conduct the premiere of Shostakovich's Thirteenth Symphony in 1962?

The emboldened sentence below isn't evidenced on Wikipedia. Is it true? If so, why? Yevgeny Mravinsky - Wikipedia The music of Dmitri Shostakovich was closely associated with Mravinsky, beginni...

0 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by TextKit‭

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Q&A What genre of music is "Gobi Moon", composed by Dave Randall after 2014?

I love this piece, and I've been craving similar music! The vocals feel like yipping, but liberating and uplifting! I don't know how to embed video in http://www.splitmusic.co.uk/placements/cathay...

0 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by TextKit‭  ·  edited 2y ago by TextKit‭

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Q&A How else is Girls' Generation "Into the New World" related to Dvorak's Symphony No. 9 in E minor, "From the New World"?

I've been listening to Into the New World (song) since 2007. But I didn't realize until today that Mindblown. : SNSD the opening phrase in ITNW contains the same sequence of notes as the first ...

0 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by TextKit‭

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Q&A Why can't a pop singer on stage, wearing earpieces, hear someone right next to her?

Please see https://youtu.be/P_6i0Js-aw4?t=184. This is Tiffany Young singing Not Barbie, on her Lips on Lips tour in San Francisco, dated March 15 2019. As her fan (to her right) tries to speak to...

0 answers  ·  posted 1y ago by TextKit‭  ·  edited 1y ago by TextKit‭

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Q&A In Kim Taeyeon's "I", why do the C7 and Six-Four Chords conceal the chord changes?

I don't understand the analysis and dialogue, starting at 15:04, between Kevin Wang BMus (Eastman) in Piano Performance and Jenny Yunyi Ji BMus (Eastman), MMus (San Francisco Conservatory of Mu...

0 answers  ·  posted 1y ago by TextKit‭  ·  edited 1y ago by TextKit‭

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Q&A In Taeyeon Kim's "I", why does the Leading Tone or Seventh sound like the Tonic?

I'm assuming that Jenny Ji hasn't hoodwinked us by covertly consulting the score, before reviewing this song in this Youtube video. To improve my ear training, I deliberately refrained from readi...

0 answers  ·  posted 1y ago by TextKit‭

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Q&A How can I learn to hear an octave-displaced popular piece, as easily as the popular piece?

At 0:20, Duke University Arts and Sciences Distinguished Professor of Music R. Tarry Todd Education Ph.D., Yale University 1979 M.Phil., Yale University 1976 B.A., Yale University 1974 pur...

0 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by TextKit‭  ·  edited 9mo ago by TextKit‭

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Q&A Did Schoenberg consider dodecaphony in terms of democracy and freedom?

Can anyone substantiate the asserveration below? Why do some people dislike Schoenberg so intensely? : classicalmusic That didn't happen, I think, for two reasons. First, as I mentioned, his mus...

1 answer  ·  posted 2y ago by TextKit‭  ·  last activity 1y ago by gmcgath‭

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Q&A Why do some composers gesticulate wildly, while others reserve their composure?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OoZdwam7wgw is based on just one piece, Mahler's Symphony 2, and a sample size of one from which we can't conclude anything. But I've noticed these wildly different ...

1 answer  ·  posted 2y ago by TextKit‭  ·  last activity 1y ago by elemtilas‭

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Q&A Which of Pierre Boulez's composition(s) are considered unlistenable, and/or the (Modernist) Emperor's New Clothes?

I can brook listening to Boulez's 3 Piano Sonatas, Le Marteau sans maître, Pli selon pli, and Répons. I've listened to Boulez's OTHER compositions THE PAST 20 YEARS, but nothing else of his resonat...

0 answers  ·  posted 1y ago by TextKit‭  ·  edited 1y ago by TextKit‭

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Meta We love the Second Viennese School, but daughter's practice of Boulez's music is wearying us. How can we appreciate Boulez?

Mithical closed https://music.codidact.com/posts/281953 "as not constructive" on Sep 30, 2021. Mithical commented Unfortunately, this questions seems extremely opinion-based; asking how to learn...

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Q&A 'differential' vs 'different' : as adjectives, not nouns.

Are the textbooks below using 'differential' correctly? Why not just write 'different'? The structure of differential identity is such that in order for there to be a limit at all, one differen...

0 answers  ·  posted 1y ago by TextKit‭  ·  edited 1y ago by TextKit‭

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Q&A How can you productively find all recordings of a piece?

I'm unsettled to find merely 2 CD's of Rautavaara's Piano Concertos 1 and 2 Laura Mikkola (pianist), Netherlands Radio Symphony Orchestra, Eri Klas (conductor), Naxos (record company) Ralf Go...

0 answers  ·  posted 1y ago by TextKit‭  ·  edited 1y ago by TextKit‭

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Q&A Why no International Piano Competitions (as lofty as the Chopin) for less popular composers of ≥ 3 Piano Concertos, like Rautavaara?

I trust my reasoning is obvious, self explanatory. I'm referring to relatively arcane composers who composed AT LEAST 3 piano concertos like John Field, Paul Hindemith, Ernst Krenek, Bohuslav Mar...

0 answers  ·  posted 1y ago by TextKit‭  ·  edited 1y ago by TextKit‭

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Q&A Why do you need sheet music of John Cage's 4′33″ to perform it?

At 1:45, Kirill Petrenko has the paper score for 4'33" opened on his conductor stand. But use of sheet music feels guileful and uncandid for 4'33". Can't a competent conductor or musician "conduc...

1 answer  ·  posted 9mo ago by TextKit‭  ·  last activity 8mo ago by gmcgath‭

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Q&A We love the Second Viennese School, but daughter's practice of Boulez's music is wearying us. How can we appreciate Boulez? [closed]

We love and listen to the Second Viennese School like Berg, Schoenberg, Webern — even before my daughter was born! My daughter's studying music at university. To guard privacy, I don't want to writ...

0 answers  ·  posted 1y ago by TextKit‭  ·  closed 1y ago by Mithical‭

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Q&A Why does Cathay Pacific's 2018 boarding music feel "Chinese"?

I hope it's obvious to you that this music sounds "Chinese". Why though? Does it use a Major Pentatonic scale? parallel harmony in fourths and fifths? portamento? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=...

0 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by TextKit‭  ·  edited 2y ago by TextKit‭

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Q&A Please identify this instrumental? Is this "Ocean" by This Night Alone?

This video uses an instrumental version, which https://www.aha-music.com/identify-songs-music-recognition-online/rec/04d5ec380b0c7a48dc815be0ae3c6e81#record-div identifies as Ocean by "The Nights A...

0 answers  ·  posted 11mo ago by TextKit‭  ·  edited 11mo ago by TextKit‭

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Q&A Why does a conductor need to gesture and hand wave, to "conduct" John Cage's 4′33″?

At 0:24, as this comment correctly REaffirms Love how serious the conductor is, putting his hand up for all the time Kirill Petrenko starts his handwaving. Why? His handwaving and gestures fe...

0 answers  ·  posted 9mo ago by TextKit‭  ·  edited 9mo ago by TextKit‭

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Q&A Why does Korean Pop feature so much backbreaking, grueling dancing?

My daughter's been listening to KPop, like Girls' Generation Into the New World. You can watch the Ballad versions, with NO dancing, at the Tokyo Dome for the 2011 Girls Generation Tour, and Girls ...

0 answers  ·  posted 1y ago by TextKit‭  ·  edited 1y ago by TextKit‭

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