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Roots of the ClassicalThe Popular Origins of Western Music$
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Peter Van der Merwe

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780198166474

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198166474.001.0001

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Dissonance and Discord

Dissonance and Discord

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(p.106) 8 Dissonance and Discord
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Roots of the Classical
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Peter van der Merwe

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198166474.003.0009

This chapter distinguishes between dissonance and discord. Dissonance is the property of attraction or repulsion between notes of different pitch, giving rise to a sense of instability or restlessness. Discord is the property of acoustic roughness between simultaneously sounding notes.

Keywords:   attraction, repulsion, pitch, acoustic roughness, instability

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