Re: musical grammar

From: Wade T.Smith (
Date: Fri Apr 12 2002 - 01:14:06 BST

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    On Thursday, April 11, 2002, at 07:22 , rmey4892 wrote:

    > I do want to hear you explain the above passage.
    > musical grammar before language?

    It's been postulated for among certain apes, certainly, but, our
    resident music man is Bill Benzon, who has a book called, I think,
    Beethoven's Anvil.

    > why do we have a 12 tone scale.?

    Well, we do, most definitively after Schoenberg, but I don't think
    twelve-tones are quite as universal as all that. Tonics and harmonics
    are more important, with five and seven tone systems.

    The earliest 'fossil' evidence we have of actual musical production,
    AFAIK, is from about 50K years ago, from the discovery of reed flutes.
    But, from courtship and defensive aural behaviors of primates, who do
    not have language, we may be certain the production of regulated noise,
    and, most importantly, rhythmic noise, was a (cultural?) behavior of the
    earliest hominids.

    But, let's hope Bill chirps in on this for you.

    - Wade

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