What is modal harmony?
somehow applied to renaissance music...:)
- Anonymous1 decade agoFavorite Answer
This is a direct copy from an article I found. The link to the article is provided. Maybe it will make sense if you know about music.
The problem is that it's difficult to explain without getting into boring conversations about scales, triads and chords based on fourths rather than thirds and fifths. On the other hand, it's actually rather easy to explain what you want to listen for in order to figure out if a song or performance involves modal harmonies.
Songs using more traditional, or triadic, harmonies involve progressions of chords that sound distinctly different from each other. Each chord has a definite root that's different from the other chords in the progression, and you can tell when the chord changes happen.
Modal harmonies tend to be more ambiguous, where the chord changes sound more like inversions, or different voicings, of the same chord. You don't hear a distinct change in the root. Often, the entire performance sounds as if it's centered in a single note that serves as a grace note for everything else that's going on in the song. Those of you who are fans of Bill Evans, it's likely this tonal grounding that you find so appealing in his music.
You can hear this in McCoy Tyner's version of Monk's Dream. It has a very different feel from the Thelonious origional (and, as such, probably qualifies as a Sunday Under the Covers tune). When Monk did this, his left hand banged out very distinct root notes that followed a more traditional harmony. Tyner's play seems to have far fewer chordal variations, though there are, in fact, more distinct chords in Tyner's version.Source(s): http://mog.com/RSchaut/blog/238732
- DoreneLv 45 years ago
Self-study of counterpoint and harmony is a necessary supplement for any composer, however taking courses in counterpoint and harmony is also a must so that you have a common language to communicate with other musicians. For many composers courses in harmony and counterpoint will seem like they move slow as much of the material is already familiar, but when it comes time for grad school auditions you want to make sure you know what a tri-tone cross relation is, and other minutia that comprises a well-rounded background of a composer. Good places to start for your own studies are the Bach chorales, fugues and inventions. J.J. Fux and Palestrina. Don't neglect more recent thoughts on the subject and also look into Ruth Crawford-Seeger, Schoenberg and Wourinen.
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- 1 decade ago
? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? i have no idea