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Early Music Theory Question

Started this discussion. Last reply by Gordon Francis Blaney Jr. Sep 11, 2012. 4 Replies

It was recently brought to my attention by a friend of mine that in Lasso's Lamentations, he uses a turn VERY frequently. It sounds to me like a suspension ornamented by a lower neighbor tone. It…Continue

Tags: Renaissance, Ornament, Polyphony, Suspension, Neighbor

Modal mishaps

Started this discussion. Last reply by Chris Alpiar Nov 19, 2010. 13 Replies

I have been messing around with the modes a lot lately, clumsily improvising counterpoint at the keyboard, if you will, to get my ear working in that way instead of just my mind (that idea is by and…Continue

Tags: theory, modal

Enharmonics...WTF?!?! Oh god another tuning question.

Started this discussion. Last reply by Marcel de Velde Nov 13, 2010. 4 Replies

I was at choir last week and the main work we are doing for our upcoming concert is Rautavaara's Vigilia. If you are unfamiliar, it is ridiculous, monumental, awesome, ethereal yet earthly,…Continue

Tags: what?, pain, enharmonics, theory

Intervals, the Monochord, and Ordinal Numbers

Started this discussion. Last reply by Tombo Rombo Oct 3, 2010. 12 Replies

I've just started studying Fux's Gradus Ad Parnassum as translated by Alfred Man. It only has a brief overview of Fux's theory from book 1 with an appendix assigned to his chapter on harmonic…Continue

 

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What have you composed for? Or what medium do you work around?
Choir, Small Ensemble, Songs, Other
What is your favorite genre or style of music?
I am obsessed with the HIP movement. I adore Early Music (sacred mostly, but some secular Renaissance stuff is ok) and Baroque. Since I am a vocalist, I mostly listen to Oratorio and Opera of the Baroque. I also love Romantic Art Song and Comic Opera.
Is music your main income source?
No - Not Yet
Where do you live?
Chicago
About Me (Must include at least one paragraph of biographical information about you as a composer) - blank or minimal answers on this line will cause your request to be rejected. Include a link to your website if you have one.
I am a vocal performance major at CCPA at Roosevelt University. I am very interested specifically in Renaissance and Baroque style counterpoint, polyphony in general, and homophonic modal music in short form/ song right now... I want to write choral music (in particular), chamber music, and maybe even opera. I am here for advice from those more experienced than I and to hear arguments about different topics.

I am a baritone if anyone's curious. I currently sing with Chicago Chorale (associated with the University of Chicago), University of Chicago Early Music Ensemble, and the St. James Cathedral Choir (Episcopal Cathedral of Chicago). It is my HELLBENT DREAM to one day study Medieval and Renaissance performance practice at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis in Basil, Switzerland. Maybe Baroque Opera after that. We'll see how that turns out...

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The number 9 and interval inversion

Posted on October 2, 2010 at 6:30pm 1 Comment

I've had two (very different) theory teachers so far in my career as a musician and neither was willing or able to explain the relationship between the number 9 and interval inversion. I was taught it as a "quick check" or rule before I just knew what the inversions were. Whatever interval you have is subtracted from 9 and the yield is… Continue

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At 8:57pm on August 24, 2011, Paulo cesar Maia de Aguiar (Br) said…
Amazing work
At 3:40pm on October 11, 2010, Bill Ricci said…
Hello Matt, Thank you for the kind words. What I posted to listen to is a little out of my norm. Its was my cousin and good friend that probed me to go all out with some original material. Weave Made A Mask Around the World is that material. I have One more track to complete where it ties all the themes together for a theme of its own. Almost like a fugue in reverse! Lol! Normally I'm a blues and jazz player and occasionally gig in your back yard! Lol! Chicago is about an hour from me so the blues are in my bones as well as yours I'm sure. Nice meeting you man. What ax do you play? Compose?
At 2:21am on October 3, 2010, SEDstar said…
Hello Mr. Walsh...

I came here to your page to see if you posted a small original music track up yet? There's a player thats easy to put on your page, and if you poke around you'll see it. I see you found the "theme" changing on your page, the music player is no harder to add...

I look forward to hearing something from you. If you get bored... you can go to MY page, I have posted up 2 tracks. One a short guitar ditty, the other a rough sketch-out of my next sonata attempt... and by all means, dont be afraid to tell me anything I ever do is "snail snot". I like criticism, without it I cant get any better.
 
 
 

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