Author Archives: Kenneth LaFave

A Song By Any Other Name

Why do we keep insisting there can be such a thing as American classical music, as opposed to classical music that happens to be made in America?

IV: The Phantom Tonic

The subdominant is a mystery: no matter how high one goes in the harmonic series, a fundamental pitch will not produce a perfect fourth above the fundamental. Yet, every standard Western scale and church mode except the Lydian contains it.