April 9th, 2014, 12:43 PM  #11  
Senior Member Joined: Apr 2014 From: Greater London, England, UK Posts: 320 Thanks: 155 Math Focus: Abstract algebra  Quote:
And Bruckner was very fond of this rhythmic motif: DAda DAdada DAda DAdada … (the accented DA’s being equally spaced in time). Listen to it, for example, in the opening of the Fourth Symphony.  
April 12th, 2014, 07:01 PM  #12 
Math Team Joined: Dec 2006 From: Lexington, MA Posts: 3,267 Thanks: 408  More unusual rhythms The first movement of Gustaf Holtz's Hymn of Jesus is in 5/4. It was my first experience with unusual rhythms. It went: $\displaystyle \;\,\blacksquare\!\blacksquare\,\blacksquare\! \blacksquare\,\blacksquare\,\, \blacksquare\!\blacksquare\,\blacksquare\! \blacksquare\,\blacksquare\, $ That was years before Dave Brubeck's Take Five: $\displaystyle \qquad \blacksquare\, \blacksquare\!\blacksquare\,\blacksquare\, \blacksquare\!\blacksquare\,\blacksquare\! \blacksquare\,\blacksquare\!\blacksquare $ And the Mission Impossible theme. $\displaystyle \qquad\blacksquare\,\square\,\square\,\blacksquare \!\blacksquare\,\square\,\blacksquare\! \blacksquare\,\blacksquare\!\blacksquare $ Brubeck has this in Blue Rondo ala Turk (9/8): $\displaystyle \quad$ DAda, DAda, DAda, DAdada He also had Unsquare Dance in 7/4. $\displaystyle \qquad \blacksquare\,\times\,\blacksquare\,\times\, \blacksquare \,\times\,\times $ where the $\displaystyle \times$'s were handclaps. I believe The Terminator theme is in 7/4. 
April 13th, 2014, 02:55 AM  #13 
Senior Member Joined: Apr 2014 From: Greater London, England, UK Posts: 320 Thanks: 155 Math Focus: Abstract algebra 
One of the best known examples of 5/4 time in classical music is the second movement of Tchaikovsky’s Sixth Symphony, the Pathétique. 
April 16th, 2014, 04:02 PM  #14 
Math Team Joined: Dec 2006 From: Lexington, MA Posts: 3,267 Thanks: 408  Did you know that the opening passage of Stravinsky's Rite of Spring is not played by an oboe? It is a bassoon playing above its normal range. 
April 21st, 2014, 07:27 PM  #15 
Math Team Joined: Dec 2006 From: Lexington, MA Posts: 3,267 Thanks: 408  You mentioned the wholetone scale: $\displaystyle \; C\:D\:E\:F\sharp\:G\sharp \:A\sharp\:\text{ or }\:D\flat\:E\flat \:F\:G\;A\;B$ I "discovered" it prior to my Music theory courses. I was noodling on a piano at school and ran across it. I found it to be the creepiest set of notes. $\displaystyle \;$Anything I played sounded like the soundtrack from a horror movie. Later my music theory teacher mentioned that the theme from the old radio show "The Whistler" was written in a wholetone scale. He even whistled the theme for us, something I never mastered. He taught us how to do quarternote triplets. $\displaystyle \;$He said walk slowly, counting ONEtwothree, FOURfive six with each step. $\displaystyle \;$Once you get that rhythm going, snap your fingers on One, Three, and Five. It is a bit unsettling, but with a little practice, you'll get it. 
April 22nd, 2014, 04:43 AM  #16  
Senior Member Joined: Apr 2014 From: Greater London, England, UK Posts: 320 Thanks: 155 Math Focus: Abstract algebra  Quote:
I believe the technical name for this is hemiola.  
April 24th, 2014, 03:21 PM  #17 
Math Team Joined: Dec 2006 From: Lexington, MA Posts: 3,267 Thanks: 408  $\displaystyle CE\flat G$ and $\displaystyle BDF\sharp$ walk into a bar. The bartender says, "We don't serve minors here." 

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