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Lee McGiffen wrote:
>
> What distinguishes Western from Eastern music is harmony. The
> Eastern system does not lend itself to harmony. Because of
> the dissonance between notes, notes have to be played
> sequentially, i.e., one flute or one string at a time. With
> Western music, thanks to the coincidence of numbers,
> discovered by Pythagoras, different notes can be played
> together at the same time, causing resonance. The outcome is
> the major and minor chords and the basic I-IV-V-I chord
> progression of Western music from Classical to Rock and/or
> Roll. Pythagoras rocks!

Pythagoras studied music, mathematics, astronomy and geometry in Egypt. Think he picked up any ideas there?

Why do you suppose Pythagoras' ideas were adopted so readily by Europeans, and not Asians? I mean, his musical discovery could just as easily have travelled east as west, but it didn't.

Bent

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