Lecture 4 - Rhythm: Jazz, Pop and Classical

author: Craig Wright, Department of Music, Yale University
recorded by: Yale University
published: May 21, 2010,   recorded: September 2008,   views: 7340
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Professor Wright begins this lecture with a brief introduction to musical acoustics, discussing the way multiple partials combine to make up every tone. He reviews fundamental rhythmic terms, such as "beat," "tempo," and "meter," and then demonstrates in more depth some of the more complex concepts, such as "syncopation" and the "triplet." Professor Wright then moves on to discuss the basics of musical texture, giving detailed examples of three primary types: monophonic, homophonic, and polyphonic. The class is then taught the basics of rhythmic dictation -- skill that entails notating the rhythm of a piece after listening to it. Each of these disparate threads is brought together in the conclusion of the lecture, in which Mozart's Requiem is shown to weave different rhythms, textures, and pitches together to depict the text effectively.

Reading assignment:

Wright, Craig. Listening to Music, pp. 422-430

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Special thanks to Naxos, LLC for providing recordings from the Notes - Naxos Music Library for use in connection with the Open Yale Courses publication of Craig Wright's Listening to Music course. For specific credits, see: Naxos Music Credits - Lecture 4[PDF]

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Comment1 Ginny Nguyen, September 2, 2010 at 6:07 p.m.:

Professor Wright's course is the most interesting course. i want to meet you and listen your lecture.


Comment2 Ginny Nguyen, September 2, 2010 at 6:09 p.m.:

i hope you will see my comment!!!


Comment3 Marcelo, March 21, 2012 at 1:48 a.m.:

Excellent material, but imposible to watch, it cuts any way I try to see it.

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