He was more concerned instead with emphasizing the overall affect of each poem, and therefore set the line "I cried, now I sing" to major consonances and "I sang: now I cry" to minor ones.
As for other composers, both Vicentino and Zarlino used major and minor consonances to express contrasting affects in their madrigals.
In traditional species counterpoint, any dissonant interval must be treated precisely; it must function as (1) a passing tone (almost always between two consonances), (2) a suspension (properly prepared as a consonance and resolving downward by step to a consonance), or (3) a neighbor tone or adjacency (between two consonances).
The definitions both hinge on the presence of consonances that give meaning and impart function to the nonchord tones; that is, the conceptually prior consonances give the dissonances a raison d'etre.
The term alliterative consonance is used here to designate words, usually stressed and monosyllabic, that have similar initial and terminal sounds but internal vowel sounds that differ,(6) as below where it links the word before the caesura (head) with the terminal word of the verse (hand):
Besides the general echoic effect by which it links words, alliterative consonance in Macbeth seems to create important links in meaning, symbolism, and imagery.
All of these movements refer to the treble line, and if one learns how to play in consonances with the remaining three voices on given trebles which follow these motions, then one should be able to deal in a similar manner with all practical music.
I have outlined the different segments which are combined in these examples, together with the consonances that constitute them.
DURING THE LAST TWO DECADES, a psychoacoustic theory of pitch, consonance, and harmony has been developed by Ernst Terhardt and his colleagues at the Institute of Electroacoustics, Technical University of Munich.
The calculated harmonicity values of the intervals corresponded closely to their consonance in music theory, and vocabularies derived from different critical (minimum) harmonicity values corresponded closely to vocabularies of intervals actually used in tonal Western music.
The idea of a pure interval (one that can be derived from the harmonic series) underlies a number of White's observations concerning tuning systems, but the potential of this idea as an agent of synthesis - by means of a more universal concept of consonance or dissonance - is not explored.
True, this history is presented in a way that emphasizes cadential patterns, the treatment of consonance and dissonance, and texture (p.