Thunder in the Drought Chinese Traditional Music

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Chunese number notation Thunder in the Drought

Simplified Chinese Notation 

Tonality and Scales in Chinese Music

Many who have read Chinese scores in the numerical notation may have at some time or other wondered if Chinese Music is all in the major key?
The numerical notation uses 7 different numbers to represent the 7 notes of the diatonic scale and in essence, these are the notes of the major scale in Western classical music. As a result, it is very common for many to have a misconception that there are only major keys in Chinese music.  Keys in Chinese music however isn’t as simple as that.
The Chinese is one of the most ancient cultures in the world and it has writings that date back thousands of years which are still accessible now.  Over this vast range of time, there has been numerous theses, books and all sorts of writings on music and its keys and…

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Cipher Notation of Gamelan Music

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Gamelan Cipher Notation

Gamelan musicians have always learned gamelan as an aural tradition. They  learn and memorize a piece by hearing it played and by practicing it  themselves. There is a written cipher notation for gamelan. Notation is not  generally used by Javanese musicians but may be used by others, such as  ethnomusicologists and foreign students learning gamelan.

Gamelan notation is written in numbers with special characters for  accentuating instruments. Music is not notated in a score for all the  instruments, so one generally sees the balungan, or  melody. Other parts can be notated but this can be difficult to read–it is  often easier to learn how to derive one’s part and use one’s own shorthand  notation for reminders.

The notation for the buka and umpak of Lancaran Jaranan is shown  in the image below (the lagu section of Jaranan is not  notated).

See the score Here

 

 

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Indonesian Gamelan Music

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Gamelan

http://homepages.cae.wisc.edu/~jjordan/gamelan/instrum-photo.html

Go to this websit and take a closer look at the instruments you find in an Indonesian Gamelan Orchestra.

Pelog is one of the two essential scales of gamelan music native to Bali and Java, in Indonesia. In Javanese the term is said to be a variant of the word pelag meaning “fine” or “beautiful”.[2] The other, older, scale commonly used is called slendro. Pelog has seven notes, but many gamelan ensembles only have keys for five of the pitches. Even in ensembles that have all seven notes, many pieces only use a subset of five notes.

Slendro (called salendro by the Sundanese) is a pentatonicscale, About this soundPlay(help·info) the older of the two most common scales (laras) used in Indonesiangamelan music, the other being pélog. In Javanese the term is said to derive either from…

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Dvorak’s New World Symphony Movement 2 Largo

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Score for New World Symphony Mvt 2 Largo

Dvorák’s “New World” and jazz music: Heirs to a common heritage

In 1892, Czech composer Antonín Dvorák came to the United States. He came at the invitation of a Mrs. Jeannette Thurber, a wealthy music lover who wanted him to head up her latest pet project—a conservatory of music meant to rival the famous conservatories of Europe.

Dr. Dvorák, already known for his use of traditional Czech musical elements in his compositions, arrived in the New World to find it rich with ethnic music. He was particularly impressed with the spirituals of the black slaves:

“I am now satisfied that the future music of this country must be founded upon what are called the Negro melodies. This must be the real foundation of any serious and original school of composition to be developed in the United States. When I first came here…

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