musical interval


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Noun1.musical interval - the difference in pitch between two notes
musical notation - (music) notation used by musicians
whole step, whole tone, step, tone - a musical interval of two semitones
half step, semitone - the musical interval between adjacent keys on a keyboard instrument
quarter tone, quarter-tone - half of a semitone
musical octave, octave - a musical interval of eight tones
third - the musical interval between one note and another three notes away from it; "a simple harmony written in major thirds"
fourth - the musical interval between one note and another four notes away from it
fifth - the musical interval between one note and another five notes away from it
sixth - the musical interval between one note and another six notes away from it
seventh - the musical interval between one note and another seven notes away from it
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It also depends on the point where the head of the hammer touches the strings--in the top treble it strikes at a tenth of the string length, corresponding to the musical interval of a third.
For each proportion of the human body corresponding to a musical interval, there is a corresponding proportion between two or three planetary orbits," The World is Sound.
However, they refused to allow the world to listen and hear Said's own version of the tale and tried to deny his right to claim Palestine as his mother," announced Al Hatab before introducing the musical interval played in tribute to Said by Tala Totanji.
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The set of bells, tuned so that each is one musical interval apart from its neighbour and capable of being rung in turn, is called a "ring" of bells.
Third, both lines are identical except that one line is transposed upward by some standard musical interval (unison, perfect fourth, perfect fifth or octave).
Nelsons gave it a flow and sense of direction, growing at last to the tremendous affirmation, two timpanists pounding out the most fundamental of musical intervals (nice to welcome back Peter Hill as an old-stager - trumpeter Alan Thomas was another), as Mahler's vision of the world was at last achieved.
Rings's writing separates itself from its contemporaries in two ways: first, by cogently summarizing and glossing the formalism of David Lewin's landmark publication, Generalized Musical Intervals and Transformations (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1987; reprinted and revised, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2007), hereafter GMIT; and second, by implementing Lewinian Generalized Interval Systems (GISes) and transformational models to create a fresh analytical perspective on tonal (i.
The new model suggests that harmonious musical intervals trigger a rhythmically consistent firing pattern in certain auditory neurons, and that sweet sounds carry more information than harsh ones, New Scientist reported.
Such theories formed a highly prestigious canon, providing a context to 17th-century attempts to establish 'mechanical' explanations for musical intervals as well as the nature of sound itself.
Entertainment from around the region kept the stars busy while the occassional cheer from Centre Court, where Serena Williams was playing her first game, filled the musical intervals.
Prosdocimo approves of Marchetto's views on practical issues, but objects strongly to his approach to the quantitative definition of musical intervals.