The piece initially has a dodecaphonic feel, although the pattern here is usually to hear 10 notes of the chromatic scale
before a note is repeated.
At least Wilson's build-up of Bach references managed to create and sustain tension as the film reached its horrible, mob-crazed end, and we must applaud him for his restraint in not over-using the traditional 'horror' chord (the diminished seventh) and for not quoting from Andrew Lloyd Webber's score (one bar's-worth of descending chromatic scale
could have been merely that).
Written in the key of F minor, this selection features a chromatic scale
, numerous eighth notes, third intervals and a glissando at the end.
Key signatures only expand to two sharps and two flats (big selling point with most students, alas) with chords, chromatic scale
and syncopation introduced gently.
Here, the whole-tone scale rubs shoulders with a twelve-note pileup of superimposed fourths and with a six-note motive that serves both as "tonic" reference and as the source of an endlessly proliferating series of modal cells that center around and intermittently return to the note D - as when the long climactic build to the top of "The Arch" sinks quickly on to the low pedal D that underpins the first half of "Darkness," before emerging into the harmonically neutral light of a harp arpeggio built from fourths and that again spans all twelve notes of the chromatic scale
Below is the chromatic scale
, both ascending and descending:
It can play only the notes of the natural harmonic series, but by stopping the bell of the horn with the hand, a player can obtain a full chromatic scale
in the middle and upper range.
This is an energetic romp with short phrases and staccato notes punctuated with saucy dissonance and chromatic snippets, dramatically joined by a long chromatic scale
They were capable of producing an almost complete chromatic scale
, over five octaves; but ancient Chinese music already exhibited a tendency to pentatonism, and the Zeng orchestras seem to have played in alternating tonalities (like an Indonesian gamelan), to represent the music of various regions of China, each having its own "pitch standards" (lu), The nomenclature of notes reveals that the octave was either regarded as the product of super-imposed major 3rds, or analyzed as a parallel pair of whole-tone scales.
The transposer is comprised of two octaves of the chromatic scale
printed on a fixed circular outer dial.
Some experience with thumb-under arpeggios and the chromatic scale
will be helpful to the student before playing this piece.
From the poised, chordal opening, his spectacular technique never failed to dazzle: those chromatic scales
up and down the keyboard were masterful.