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Music/Concerto No. 2 in F Major
By Kathie Easter,
For The Paper Store, November, 1999
era in music was one of the most exciting that the world had ever
witnessed. This is due to the fact that the period saw one of the
most important changes in all of music history: the "transition
from the medieval church modes to major-minor tonality"
(Machlis, 1970, p. 271). This change meant that the focus of music
turned from the vocal counterpoint of medieval chants towards
instrumental harmony, which required a simplification of the
harmonic system (Machlis, 1970). The various church modes that were
previously used gave way to two standard types of scales--major and
minor. With the establishment of major-minor tonality, the primary
drive in Baroque music became the drive toward the keynote or
"do" (Machlis, 1970).
factor was critical in the transition to major-minor tonality: Due
to a curious quirk of physics, keyboard instruments that are tuned
according to the laws of acoustics give a pure consonant sound only
for keys with signatures of up to three flats or three sharps. Keys
with more sharps and flat grow increasingly out-of-tune. In the
seventeenth century an important technological discovery was
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