University of Atlantia

Course Detail

Pythagorean intonation - the math behind the music

Instructor:
Iselda de Narbonne


Instructor's Kingdom: Atlantia, Time Zone: EST
University Session:
UA107 June 12, 2021
Crs #:
703
Time:
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Fee:
Length:
1 hr
Credits:
1
Attendees:
FULL
Room:
Copernicus
Course Category:
Knowne World Sciences Symposium
Description
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 the physics behind 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!
Day-of-class Contact Info
Email: alix.evans@gmail.com FB Messenger: iselda.de.narbonne