Musical Term of the Week
by Melissa Wimbish
“You’re in prime form tonight!”
Not just a way to make a snide, sarcastic but somewhat gentle insult to the douche bag who’s being obnoxious at your housewarming party or, better yet, to break the ice when you’re on a blind date with a plate of prime rib. Apparently, prime form is also a musical term. Zoiks!
Remember pitch class cells? Yes, I tried to forget them too, but every time I look at graph paper the images flash back into my brain like the lyrics of La Isla Bonita when I hear the sound of Flamenco strumming. Thanks for becoming an American, Stravinsky. Without you, we would have never known the joys of Music Theory IV.
prime form – considered to be the “simplest” version of the pitch class set (oh, yeah, that’s helpful); generally, the “simplest” version of a pitch class set means that the pitches in the set are packed as tightly together possible, and as far to the left as possible
Click here for a definition that reminds me of the way Calculus used to make me feel.