posted on Mar, 24 2012 @ 10:51 PM
Originally posted by ANOK
Originally posted by godspetrat
Twelve, actually, in the chromatic scale. This distinction is especially important when dealing with modal music. Sure, it may only deal with seven
tones at a time, but one of those tones will be chromatic in the tonal system of today.
There are only twelve tones; you must treat them carefully.
Well yeah I wasn't thinking of the chromatic scale, but it's still the same seven notes we have now, it just includes all the flats and sharps.
Or of course there can be 24, but I don't like quarter tone music! I don't like atonal either, since I think music should be based on the naturally
occurring harmonic series. Root, octave, fifth, fourth, major third, minor third...
I don't think we will really know what 3000 year old music sounded like until someone invents a time machine. It is cool to try to interpret the
texts as to how the music was played. Thank goodness for modern notation (500 years old or more) or recording. Vivaldi sounds about the same as it
did when he was alive! I do love speculation, don't get me wrong, but it is still speculation. I feel that the 3000 year old music probably used 7
note modal scales, just as we might today, though the scales were probably pentatonic further east in China and such. I just don't presume to know
for sure one way or another. This is the knowledge you gain from two music degrees, so beware!