Music Is The Main Driving Force Within Music Both Popular And Classical

1328 Words Jan 25th, 2016 6 Pages
Music is composed of many different elements that together give feeling to what we hear. These elements include rhythm, beat, accent, meter, syncopation, tempo, pitch, dynamics, tone color, overtone, scales, melody, harmony, texture, tonality, and mode. Just like with chemical elements, combining musical elements will create something new and exciting, and different combinations will give something distinct to the music. All sixteen elements mentioned are equally important and together provide us with beautiful music. The best way to understand how these elements work together is to look at each individually. Rhythm is known as the “main driving force in music both popular and classical” (Listen: Seventh Edition, p.7). A basic definition would be the general way music transpires in time, but a rhythm refers to the arrangement of long and short notes in a particular musical passage. Along with rhythm go beat and accent. Beats measure time in music, just as seconds measure time in our everyday lives. Some beats act as a fixed, fervent background for other, more complex rhythms. Giving an accent to certain beats assists in organizing music, as it distinguishes between important and less important beats. Accented notes may be considered strong notes, and unaccented notes may be considered weak notes. When accented notes are organized in repeated patterns, a meter occurs. In other words, a meter is a recurring strong/weak pattern. Each occurrence of this pattern is…

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