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Hi everyone! I mistakenly mentioned in class that there is a blog due this weekend. In fact, Blog 3 is not scheduled for this weekend. Like I wrote in my previous update post, the prompt for our next blog will be posted on Wednesday March 4 with a due date of Sunday March 8.
Apologies for the confusion and best of luck with your topic proposals!
I am going to write about Kyrie (monophonic) and Kyrie from the Pope Marcellus Mass. Monophony is a simple texture of music usually sung by one singer without any accompaniment and in Kyrie monophony had some similarities of monophony and it’s rhythm is going loud to soft (L<S) and there is no strong evidence of using any musical instrument either. The second one is a combination of harmony and other musical texture, it is similar to church music and different instrument has been used in this music.
Because of our canceled classes, there will be no blog due for this weekend (2/23). Instead, take this time to review for our upcoming quiz on Wednesday February 26 or begin researching a topic for the Music and… Playlist.
The prompt for our next blog will be posted on Wednesday March 4 with a due date of Sunday March 8.
The two musical pieces I chose were Kyrie from the Pope Marcellus Mass and Alapana from “Sitar, Sarode, and Tabla.” In Alapana, one of the musical elements that was present was harmony. Harmony is “the sounding of two or more pitches at the same time” and in this song, you can tell there are multiple different instruments being played at the same time. In this piece, there is also timbre, which is the the particular sound of an instrument that makes it unique. The sound of the instruments in the background made the song I also believe this piece is biphony, two separate lines consisting of a melody and a drone.
In Kyrie from the Pope Marcellus Mass, the harmony was very consonant, it sounded very smooth and pleasing although there were multiple different singers. In kyrie, there is also texture being presented, which is the ways in which different musical parts fit together. I believe this song is heterophony, as there are multiple different voices singing at the same time, which makes the song sound very beautiful. This song also had an example of dynamics, there were certain parts of the song that both crescendo and decrescendo
The two musical pieces that I am choosing are Kyrie (monophonic); and Kyrie from the Pope Marcellus Mass. Before playing these songs I had no expectations tied to Kyrie (monophonic) however, with the second one the word “mass” suggested to me that it would include monks. When listening to these two compositions three musical elements stood out to me. Melody, harmony and texture (monophony)
Melody is a unit of pitches sounded in succession, in a simpler ways this means it is different levels of sound following each other. In Kyrie (monophonic) you can hear the different voices singing one line of music which brings us to texture. Texture is the way different musical parts fit together in this case its Monophony which is a single musical line without an accompaniment. Lastly, harmony is presented in this piece. Harmony is The sounding of two or more pitches at the same time. Once the song starts you can hear people of different pitches singing along although, not every singer is singing in the same pitch you can hear them categorized together.
Similarly, when listening to Kyrie from the Pope of Marcellus Mass these three elements were persistent. With this composition harmony is evident with the high and low voices singing together. As well as these singers with different pitches being grouped up and following one another and lastly, it wasn’t accompanied by any musical instruments because at that time this music was wildly listened in the Church and instrumental music wasn’t accepted.
I listened to Missa IX (Cum Jubilo) and Gloria – Missa Papae Marcelli – Palestrina and used Texture, Harmony, and Rhythm to form a connection between the two pieces.
Harmony is the sound of two or more pitches at the same time, Texture is the ways the musical parts connect with each other, and Rhythm is how long the pitches last for.
In terms of Texture, Missa IX (Cum Jubilo) is a monophony because it is a single independent voice with a harmonic beat behind him. In Gloria – Missa Papae Marcelli – Palestrina, it is a polyphony because it is a mass with different independent lines singing different volumes of pitches which relates to Harmony because with multiple connections of pitches it can create a consonant which sounds pleasing because the pitches aren’t far apart. In the first song, it is a single pitch, however, there is a consistent humming in the background as well as an echo within his voice which mixes well with each other to form a consonant. The humming can relate to the beat of the song, which is part of Rhythm. In the first song, the tempo is consistent throughout, but in the second song, it changes every other second with added pauses in the middle.
When I listened to the songs, I just focused on one sound throughout and repeated it with each voice when I replayed it. I would check off the elements that were included as well and focused on that one element and see how it would connect to the song and repeated it with other parts.
The two music pieces I chose to listen to were Alapan from Sitar, Sarode and Tabla and Kyrie from the Pope Marcellus Mass. Harmony occurs when at least two different pitches sound at the same time, such as when two people sing together with different material or when a musician strums the strings of a guitar. In this example, in Kyrie from the Pope Marcellus Mass, I can tell that there are multiple voices, maybe men and female voices. All of the voices collaborating together makes it such a peaceful tone to listen to. Not in any way throughout these whole pieces did it sound harsh or annoying to listen to. Whereas in Alapan from Sitar, Sarode and Tabla, the musical instruments which are the sarode, tabla and sitar combined all made the piece sound very pleasant and relaxing. I’ve noticed that both of these music pieces had very calm and a consonant pitch.
Every sound has a particular color or timbre and it is through timbre that you can tell the difference. In this case, while the instruments were being played, you can tell which specific instrument or voice was playing when. All though they were all put together to create this whole music piece, they had times where one was playing more often than the other or the sound/instrument shows out more, but overall both the pieces did it in a very neat manner. This also ties back to the texture of the piece which is defined as how the harmonic materials are combined in a composition, thus determining the overall quality of the sound in a piece. The music pieces made me realize that music isn’t just a simple exercise and there is always more to it because it is very complicated than a technical evaluation due to how everything is put together.
Throughout both of the pieces, the same number of chords are being played repeatedly as well which are known as a group of (typically three or more) notes sounded together, as a basis of harmony, to give it that pleasing sounds.
The two pieces of music I decided to listen two were the Kyrie(Monophonic) and the kyrie from the Pope Marcellus Mass.
For the first, this piece is monophonic as there is multiple people singing but they are singing the same thing. This means that despite there being multiple voices, it is still monophonic. In addition to this, due to the fact that there is no instruments, the timbre of this song doesn’t include any strings, woodwinds, percussions, or brasses. The volume of this piece is varied, as there are some crescendos, where it goes from softer to louder and some decrescendo, which goes from louder to softer.
For the next piece, this ones texture is a heterophony, as there are many people but they are singing the same melody differently. This ones rhythm is also a bit faster. The harmony in this piece is consonant, which is when they sound pleasing and good to the ear.
The two pieces of music I chose to listen to were Alpana from “Sitar, Sarode, and Tabla” and Kyrie (Monophonic) and how they connect to musical elements such as Melody, Harmony, and Texture. In Kyrie (Monophonic) the Melody is disjunct and kind of repetitive so you get used to what you’re listening to. Also it’s quite slow and not as cheerful. There was no Harmony in Kyrie (Monophonic), Harmony is the sounding of two or more pitches at the same time. The texture of this piece is monophonic meaning it’s an singular musical line without accompaniment. overall the musical piece was sort of sad to listen to. It sounded like it was someone singing alone in a big empty room.
In Alpana from “Sitar, Sarode, and Tabla” the melody of the piece is Conjuct which means there were short distances between each pitch. The Harmony was consonant as it sounded pleasing to the ear. All of the parts of the music sounded great altogether. The texture in my opinion was Biphony. I constantly heard this same sound in the background throughout the piece and I think thats what a drone is.
The pieces I chose to listen to were Alapana from “Sitar, Sarode, and Tabla, and Kyrie from the Pope Marcellus Mass. I chose these two pieces because the texture of the music is very different from each other since in Pope Marcellus Mass it is monophony, so it does not include the use of timbre, but it includes a harmony to allow the music to play more smoothly with the different sound pitches at the same time. Throughout the song, there was a conjunct in the melody allowing, the song to be sung in a chord without distributing the harmony.
In the piece Alapana, we can determine that there was a consonant type of pitch allowing the harmony to sound more pleasing and calm to the ear. There was also a timbre in the piece utilizing the sound of a banjo in the background to be combined with the texture of the song. As the song continues to play, the tempo of the piece starts to increase, with a measure of the slow-fast type of beat during it. I feel like this piece has a biophony type of texture because of the two separate type of melody being played.