Peter Grünberg

An Introduction to the Harmonies of Alpine Folklore Music with Live Examples


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An introduction to the harmonies of Alpine Folklore Music with live examples.
by
Peter A. Gruenberg (Juelich, Germany), Keiko Hibi (Tokio), Inge Reischl (Munich)

At the Lindau meeting two years ago we presented a lecture on the physical background of harmony in music which is based on a theory by Hermann von Helmholtz. This uses a comparison of the overtone spectra in order to explain why intervalls can sound smooth or full of tension also called consonant or dissonant respectively. In our lecture this year we would like to apply some of the conclusions to a special style namely Alpine Folklore. Local differences within the Alps will be discussed and demonstrated using live examples. For example in the area from here just across Lake Constance hammer dulcimer is a favorite instrument whereas for the italien Alps men’s choires have become famous.


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