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This piece, is the best music in the universe. Bach, Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1, Fugue № 8 📺

  1. ok, now, Xah edu corner, bout #20160701063239, on canon, fugue, and counter-point! and pitch, timbre, and what means musics!
  2. 1 first of all, u no unstand. it's too deep a subject.
  3. 2 see yonder sine wave of ya highschool? remember frequency, amplitude? and wave shape?
  4. side insert: the spectacular flame of mathematics Sine Curve
  5. 3 now, loundness is the size of the wave. frequency is the pitch. higher pitch, more squished the wave. shriek of girls.
  6. 4 wave shape corresponds to timber. that is, the “color” of the sound. e.g. piano, violin, human, sound different at same pitch
  7. 5 Let's present pitch by numbers. 1 2 3 4 5 …. So a piece of piano music is just sequence of numbers, each with a duration.
  8. 6 now you can play a song backward. namely, read the number sequence from last to first.
  9. 7 you can do transpose. That is, add/minus n to all numbers. So, if a song is 3 2 7 2 9, now if +1, it's 4 3 8 3 10
  10. 8 we can also play inverse. eg song 3 2 7, is -1 +5. Now do +1 -5. So new song is 3 4 -1. So, song 1 2 3 4 5 6, is 6 5 4 3 2 1. (if we transpose first)
  11. 9 another variation is length/shorten duration of each note, for all notes in the song.
  12. 10 now, you can combine any of the above, to create a new variation of the melody.
  13. 11 now, a canon is 1 melody with variations of the above means. basically, same melody, repeated, going each every way, in the same song.
  14. 12 fugue is just canon, but with non-strict rules. So, basically, a melody that repeat in varied ways in one song.
  15. 13 you can easily understand Fugue, by listening to this. 〈What is a Fugue? So You Want to Write a Fugue〉 What is a Fugue? So You Want to Write a Fugue
  16. 14 you see, the key is that the end result must be musical. that's what makes fugue difficult and fascinating.
  17. 15 the above mention ways of variation of a melody, is called contrapuntal or counter-point. so, fuge is contrapuntal composition.
  18. 16 j s bach is the king of writing fugue. goto youtube search fugue you'll find tons.
  19. 17 now, for some reason, contrapuntal music is a thing of the west. Music in china, for example, never developed such a concept.
  20. 18 lol. somebody made a fuge of lady gaga's song.
lady gaga fugue

Bach, Art of the Fugue 📺

Liszt, Years of Pilgrimage 📺 (on its own page)

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Q: How to kill a mathematician? A: Play this fugue. Bach, Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1, Fugue № 4 📺

Bach, Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1, Fugue № 8

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