Armonia di base e tradizionale

  1. Prefazione Questo lungo articolo riassume la teoria dell’armonia musicale di base e dell’armonia tonale tradizionale. L’esposizione riflette quasi sempre il punto di vista standard contenuto nei manuali didattici. C’è un unico punto su cui la mia trattazione si discosta sensibilmente da quella standard. Propongo infatti un’interpretazione non-standard del modo minore tonale, basata sulla […]

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What a music mode really is

Many musicians, at any level, have problems understanding modes. I first encountered modes about 30 years ago, in a small book of music theory. I could not really understand the point. A mode just seemed a pointless complication. My problem then was the same problem shared by many people today: if, for example, D Dorian […]

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Beauty Through Non-Standard Simplicity: Crockett’s Theme by Jan Hammer

Crockett’s Theme is an instrumental tune included in the soundtrack of the 80s TV series Miami Vice. The soundtrack’s composer, Jan Hammer, is a well known virtuoso keyboard player who played an important part in the definition of fusion music in the 70s and 80s. The arrangement and production of Crockett’s Theme are rather sophisticated, […]

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Maybe I Don’t Know If I Should Change: Modal Interchange in Such a Shame by Talk Talk

Such a Shame was the biggest commercial success by Talk Talk, and certainly one of the most defining pop songs of the 1980s. The expressive vocal performance of Mark Hollis (who also wrote the song), the rather mysterious lyrics, and the romantic synth lines in the refrain are probably the most celebrated characteristics of the […]

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