SOUND PATTERNS

A Structural Examination of Tonality, Vocabulary, Texture,
Sonorities, and Time Organization in Western Art Music

by PHILLIP MAGNUSON

FUNDAMENTALS

Chapter 1. Tonality
Chapter 2. Vocabulary
Chapter 3. Texture
Chapter 4. Sonorities
Chapter 5. Time Organization

Introduction

Michael Jackson sang it:

Sit yourself down, take a seat
All you gotta do is repeat
After me:
A B C...
It's easy as 1 2 3...
As simple as Do Re Mi...

A B C.. 1 2 3... Do Re Mi...

The study of music, like the study of language or mathematics, requires some basic information in preparation to making observations and drawing conclusions. These fundamentals are vital, and students must have an accurate and comprehensive knowledge of them. Weakness with these fundamentals will make future studies difficult at best and impossible at worst.

Just say "om"

The organization of this unit is built around the five elements presented in the title of this text: tonality, vocabulary, texture, sonority, and time organization. They describe the elements that make music work, and they will help you organize your studies. Make them your mantra.

The world is at your fingertips

Also, get in the habit of clicking on each and every hyperlink found in this text (if you missed "mantra" above, go back). No text can include all the available information on any topic, but the Internet can provide information exponentially.

Wikipedia is used predominantly, not because it is the most accurate source (which it is not), but because it has so much information and excellent hyperlinks to countless other places.


Links to other units in Sound Patterns
BASIC RULES FOR SPECIES COUNTERPOINT
DIATONIC PROCEDURES I: Harmonic Dimensions
DIATONIC PROCEDURES II: Expanding the Phrase
DIATONIC PROCEDURES III: Substitutions
CHROMATIC PROCEDURES I: Moving from the Global Key
THE ABC's OF CHORALE SETTING
LARGER PERSPECTIVES
CHROMATIC PROCEDURES II: Modal Mixtures
CHROMATIC PROCEDURES III: Advanced Vocabulary
THREE ANALYSIS PROJECTS
MICROCOSMS: Musical Styles of the Twentieth Century

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