Johann Sebastian Bach, Missouri, Four Quarter discussed on Dissect - A Serialized Music Podcast


Important as multiple musicians needed to stay together in order to keep the peace from falling apart. By the mid thirteenth century. The first western rhythmic notation system was developed called rhythmic modes, laying the foundation of what would become our modern notation system. Rhythmic modes USA physical space between notes to indicate how long or short note was to be played. By the fourteenth century. This volved into a much more accurate and dependable system called Missouri notation here, the notes themselves were expressed with different symbols that indicated the duration of that note, this system eventually birth. The measure separated by vertical bar lines on a musical staff. A measure organizes a piece of music and small sections with each measure containing a certain number of beats a time signature expressed at the beginning of piece of music tells us how many beats are contained in one measure of particular piece of music today. The most common time signature in western popular music is written what's called four, four time, meaning their four quarter. Note beats per measure. So when you hear musicians counting one, two, three, four, and then starting over one, two, three, four. They're counting the beats of one measure in four, four time. Then moving onto the next measure. Starting the one, two, three, four count over a piece of music is organized measures, and these measures are performed literally to create a composition or song. Now I know this is a lot to throw you at one time, but the cool thing about all this is that you actually know these things quite well to prove this. Let's your few examples. I will listen to Brandenburg concerto number three and g major written by Johann Sebastian Bach in seventeen twenty one as the peace plays count along for four measures, and I want you to join in as counting, then I'm going to stop for two measures, but I want you to continue counting, then I'll come back in and if you and I are sinked you'll know that you can't to correctly in my absence. Okay. Ready count along with me one, two, three, four, one, two. Two, three, four, one, two, three, four, one, two, three, four, one, two, three, four. One, two, three, four, one, two, three, four. Okay. So where we in sync when I came back in, I'm guessing for most of you, the answer is yes, let's try another, but this time I'm only going to count to measures with you. You keep counting when I stop and I'll join back in after a while again, if we're sinked when I come back in, you know, you counted correctly. My absence one, two, three, four, one, two, three, four. One, two, three, four, one, two, three, four, one, two, three, four. So how'd you do again for most of you? I'm going to soom you did it correctly. These rhythms and patterns are so culturally ingrained in all of us that even those with Nobis training or able to do this exercise somewhat easily while this might seem second nature to you. This is actually an incredibly complex rhythmic system that took hundreds of years to develop and mature. It's the reason I took the time to outline it's lengthy development at the beginning of the sidebar. There's incredible history behind what we take for granted every day. Okay. So now that you're feeling like the second coming of Mozart, let's make it a little more challenging. Like I said earlier, most of the popular western music you listen to every day is written in four, four time for quarter note beats per measure, but that's just one way.

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