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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000445.txt from 2000/09

From: Bill Hausmann <bhausmann1@-----.com>
Subj: Re: [kl] Tonic
Date: Tue, 12 Sep 2000 23:14:01 -0400

At 10:46 PM 9/12/2000 -0400, David Niethamer wrote:
>on 9/12/00 5:56 PM, Bill Hausmann wrote:
>
>>I don't know about beginnings, but about 99%+ of normal, tonal pieces END
>>on the tonic note.
>
>Er, Bill, are only tonal pieces "normal"? Schoenberg has been dead for
>almost 50 years, and there's a lot of non-tonal music out there...
>
Which is exactly why I specifically excluded those things. By "normal,
tonal" I meant everything from classical symphonies to popular songs to
"Happy Birthday" -- typical everyday music that would be encountered daily
by average people and largely approved of, played in elevators and cars,
etc. Schoenberg worked with a different set of rules, is seldom either
normal or tonal, and is difficult or even unpleasant to listen to. He could
probably end his works on the seventh if he wanted, but I consider him and
his ilk to be the exceptions that prove the rule. If a song does NOT end
on the tonic, it simply sounds wrong.

Bill Hausmann bhausmann1@-----.com
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