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Harmonic Experience: Total Harmony from Its Natural Origins to Its Modern Expression

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An exploration of musical harmony from its ancient fundamentals to its most complex modern progressions, addressing how and why it resonates emotionally and spiritually in the individual.andnbsp; andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;W. A. Mathieu, an accomplished author and recording artist, presents a way of learning music that reconnects modern-day musicians with the source from which music was originally generated. As the author states, "The rules of music--including counterpoint and harmony--were not formed in our brains but in the resonance chambers of our bodies." His theory of music reconciles the ancient harmonic system of just intonation with the modern system of twelve-tone temperament. Saying that the way we think music is far from the way we do music, Mathieu explains why certain combinations of sounds are experienced by the listener as harmonious. His prose often resembles the rhythms and cadences of music itself, and his many musical examples allow readers to discover their own musical responses.andnbsp;

Synopsis:

An accomplished recording artist, author, and teacher presents an in-depth look at the way we experience musical harmony.

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. 532-537) and indexes.

About the Author

W. A. Mathieu is the author of andlt;Iandgt;The Listening Bookandlt;/Iandgt;, andlt;Iandgt;Harmonic Experienceandlt;/Iandgt; and andlt;Iandgt;The Musical Lifeandlt;/Iandgt;. He has recorded solo piano music for Windham Hill and other labels. He lives in Sebastopol, California, where he writes and teaches.

Table of Contents

Editor's Preface 

Introduction

Part 1: Harmonic Purity: Feeling the Numbers

1 Seeing Air and Touching Sound 

2 Singing Unison with a Drone 

3 Singing Octaves 

4 Singing Perfect Fifths 

5 Singing Major Thirds 

6 A Map of Harmonic Relationships 

7 The Perfect Fifth Below: Hello Mother 

8 The Major Third Below 

9 The Central Section of the Map Completed 

10 The Five-limit Lattice of Twelve Notes 

11 Available Modes: Lydian Through Phrygian 

12 Mixed Modes 

13 Internalizing the Lattice 

14 Numbers and Mysteries 

15 Chomatic Pairs 

16 Beyond Twelve Notes: The Extended Five-Limit Lattice 

17 The Seventh Partial and Beyond 

18 The Practice of Pure Harmony 

Part 2: The Selective Use of Equal Temperament

19 Leaping from Paradise 

20 Six Unambiguous Chords 

21 Twelve Unambiguous Chords: Tonal Harmony within the Lattice of Twelve 

Notes 

22 Unambiguous Triadic Harmony in the Extended Lattice 

23 Dronality in Equal Temperament: Mixed Modes 

24 Dronality in Equal Temperament: Mixed Modes 

25 Chromatic Pairs and the Magic Mode 

26 Pushing the Magic Mode Envelope 

Part 3: The Function Commas of Equal-Tempered Tonal Harmony

27 Comma Phenomena 

28 Didymic Pairs of Tones 

29 Didymic Pairs of Triads 

30 The Great Diesis: The Beauty of the Beast 

31 The Tonal Array of the Great Diesis 

32 The Diaschisma 

33 Quasi-functional and Nonfunctional Commas 

34 The Shape of Tonality 

Part 4: Harmonic Practice, Analysis, and Review of the Theory

35 Practical Matters 

36 A Small Syllabus of Diatonic Sequences 

37 Cadential Practices: Parallel Borrowing 

38 The Long Cadence: A Comprehensive View of Cadential Energy 

39 Tonicization and Modulation 

40 Modal Modulation 

41 A Syllabus of Cyclic Sequences 

42 Symmetrical Harmony and the Dissolution of Tonality 

43 The Notation of Positional Analysis 

44 Review of the Theory 

Afterword 

Glossary of Terms 

Glossary of Singable Tones in Just Intonation 

Sources 

Acknowledgments 

General Index 

Index of Ratios 

Index of Most-Referenced Examples, Figures, and Tables

Product Details

ISBN:
9780892815609
Author:
Mathieu, W. A.
Publisher:
Inner Traditions International
Location:
Rochester, Vt. :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Reference
Subject:
Philosophy, oriental
Subject:
Harmony
Subject:
Gospel
Subject:
Religious - Gospel
Subject:
New Age
Subject:
MUSIC / Reference
Subject:
Music
Subject:
MUSIC;NEW AGE;ART
Subject:
MUSIC;NEW AGE;ART;BOOKS
Edition Number:
2
Edition Description:
2nd Edition, Second Printing with Additions and Corrections
Series Volume:
398
Publication Date:
19970831
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
100 musical examples
Pages:
576
Dimensions:
11 x 8.5 x 1.9 in 68.11 oz
Age Level:
New Age

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