How Scales Are Constructed
Lecture no. 4 from the course: How Music and Mathematics Relate
Taught by Professor David Kung | 47 min | Categories: The Great Courses Plus Online Mathematics Courses
Professor Kung contrasts a passage from Vivaldi with a Chinese folk tune. Why is one so easily distinguishable from the other? Probe the diverse mathematics of musical scales, which explains the characteristic sound of different musical traditions. Learn how a five-note scale is constructed versus a more complex seven-note scale. What are the relative advantages of each? As a bonus, discover why no piano is ever in tune.