University of Atlantia

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Pythagorean intonation - making medieval music sparkle

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Iselda de Narbonne

University Session UA103 February 1, 2020 Course # 111
Time 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Fee
Length 1 hr Credits 1
Attendees 11/∞ Room Goodpaster195
Course Category Performing Arts

In medieval Europe, instruments and voices were tuned using a different system than the "equal temperament" we've grown up thinking of as "in tune."  While this ancient intonation tends to make the chords we're used to sound a bit "off," it makes music written during that time absolutely sparkle!  When done right, Pythagorean intonation doesn't just make medieval music sound "right," it can make the performer, the audience, and the entire room vibrate along with the music. In this course, you will learn all about this mathematically pure intonation.  You'll learn how intervals are formed, how they differ from modern, equal-tempered intervals, why we've moved from Pythagorean intonation toward equal temperament, and what makes this intonation so special.  We'll be covering all of this from the ground up, so no prior knowledge of music theory is required.  All are welcome! For singers interested in practicing Pythagorean intonation, please see 11 AM "Pythagorean intonation for singers - tuning with your face."