O’ Venezia Venaga Venusia
by Nino Rota
Happy Holidays from yours truly…
"Those who are faithful know only the trivial side of love; it is the faithless who know love’s tragedies."
- The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
'Scales are collections of tones that divide octaves into specific intervals used to create music. Since humans can distinguish about 240 different pitches over an octave in the mid-range of hearing , in principle a very large number of tone combinations could have been used for this purpose. Nonetheless, compositions in Western classical, folk and popular music as well as in many other musical traditions are based on a relatively small number of scales that typically comprise only five to seven tones –. Why humans employ only a few of the enormous number of possible tone combinations to create music is not known. Here we show that the component intervals of the most widely used scales throughout history and across cultures are those with the greatest overall spectral similarity to a harmonic series. These findings suggest that humans prefer tone combinations that reflect the spectral characteristics of conspecific vocalizations. The analysis also highlights the spectral similarity among the scales used by different cultures.’
I prefer the pentatonic scales perhaps because of its potential for melismatic delivery.
I thought that love would last forever: I was wrong.
Although, I would love to believe that it does… it’s as fleeting as the next fashion trend.
Friendships… however, can last a lifetime.