FRIDAY, November 1, 2019
There is an idea taught that says that if you know the beginning of songs, you can associate those beginnings with intervals. An example would be: Here Comes the Bride for a 4th (perfect 4th.)
Because I am a curious person, I stumbled across this site. No, this will not work. You can get a list of 5 or 500 songs that start with an interval, and you won’t use them to hear things, BUT: This is a very interesting list!
So I looked at the list of songs for major 7th and ran across:
Fugl – (Zankyou No Terror) – youtube
I’m always curious about everything. What is “Fugl”? What is “zankyou”? Is this bad Japanese? “Thank you?” Again, I did some checking and found this:
It seems pretty dark. I have problems trying to associate the stylized Japanese animation form with something this serious, but I really know next to nothing about anime. So here is the next thing I found:
So now you know as much as I do about anime, which is next to nothing. But my interest is not primarily about movies or cinema. It’s about music, and this how I stumbled upon the video I ended up listening to. I found the music haunting and spent several days finding the notation for piano. Here is the composer of the music:
(Japanese names are written last name first in Japanese. 菅 is カン(kan), and 野 is の (no), 子, which also means “child” is こ(ko), and finally よis yo, and う makes the “o” longer. You can add the above to you top 10 list of “things you never wanted to know and don’t care about”, but Japanese interests me.)
I listened to other things written by this lady and so far found nothing that is as interesting as this one selection, but I’ll be open to finding more things in the future. Meanwhile, here is the video that caught my attention. It uses very simple chords, chords I teach, and it is sort of modal, with a Mixolydian feel. It also demonstrates something I call “-ness” as in “F#-ness”. What that means is that you use the key signature of F# major, but there are other notes besides what is used in that scale. There is also one section where it moves from B half-diminished to F/C to C#aug to F#m, and then to Dm. These are all morphs, what I have been teaching. Something keeps sliding from one chord to another. For instance, if you move back and forth between Dm and F#m, you don’t move the A. The D slides down to C#, and the F slides up to F#. One note stays, one note goes up and the other goes down. Perfect morphing chords. This is called “chromaticism”, but I like the word “morphing” better.
And now the song…
Album: Zankyou no Terror Original Soundtrack
Here is a recording made by someone who was just interested in playing the piano part. It’s well done but a bit empty because it is missing the really interesting string parts. I have since worked out the string parts, and it makes the piano sound much more interesting, but also maybe 10 times harder to play.