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Overtones—Symphony in a Single Note

Lecture no. 1 from the course: How Music and Mathematics Relate

Overtones—Symphony in a Single Note

Taught by Professor David Kung | 49 min | Categories: The Great Courses Plus Online Mathematics Courses

Start the course with a short violin passage from Bach, played by Professor Kung. Then analyze the harmonic series behind a single note, which involves a mixture of different frequencies, called overtones or harmonics. Learn about the physics of stringed and wind instruments, and study the sounds produced by a range of instruments, including the violin, flute, clarinet, timpani, and a fascinating instrument invented by Professor Kung’s students.

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