How Scale Tunings and Composition Coevolved
Lecture no. 5 from the course: How Music and Mathematics Relate
Taught by Professor David Kung | 45 min | Categories: The Great Courses Plus Online Mathematics Courses
Compare passages from Bach’s “Chaconne” and a very modern piece, noting how the compositional styles of Western music have evolved alongside small differences in scale tunings. Then explore the mathematics of tuning, focusing on how the exact pitches in a scale are calculated and why there are 12 notes per octave in Western music. Investigate the alternatives, including a scale with 41 notes per octave.