You’ll want to be the V7 of your musical community.
- A V7 wants to resolve things and not let them suspend indefinitely. As a V7 you will be able to help people want to move, want to go to a state of consonance.
- Some people will disregard the V7 – I as old-fashioned, but what do we go to at the end of the Hallelujah Chorus? See?
- Oh, sure you can get all “tri-toney,” but when all is said and done people will thank you for being that solid V7 dissonance that will show them the way back to a solid footing, to the foundation of tonic, of I.
III. My hope for each of you is that you have and create a year of great V7-I resolutions. They won’t let you down.
* Okay for the academic in you, refer to the following about consonance and dissonance. Johannes de Garlandia. 13th century. De musica mensurabili positio.
“Perfect consonance: unisons and octaves. (Perfecta dicitur, quando due voces junguntur in eodem tempore, ita quod una, secundum auditum, non percipitur ab alia propter concordantiam, et dicitur equisonantiam, ut in unisono et diapason. — “[Consonance] is said perfect, when two voices are joined at the same time, so that the one, by audition, cannot be distinguished from the other because of the concordance, and it is called equisonance, as in unison and octave.”)
“Perfect dissonance: semitone, tritone, major seventh (major third + fifth). (Here again, the perfect dissonances can only be deduced by elimination from this phrase: Iste species dissonantie sunt septem, scilicet: semitonium, tritonus, ditonus cum diapente; tonus cum diapente, semiditonus cum diapente; tonus et semitonium cum diapente. — These species of dissonances are seven: semitone, tritone, major third plus fifth; tone plus fifth, minor third plus fifth; tone and semitone plus fifth.”)
There you have it. Happy New Year.
Dr. Jeannine Jordan, concert organist, and David Jordan, media artist, are the creators and performers of three organ and multi-media concert experiences, Around the World in 80 Minutes, Bach and Sons, and From Sea to Shining Sea. Contact Dr. Jordan at firstname.lastname@example.org for information.