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Composer Buddy Baker on his system of harmony – TelevisionAcademy.com/Interviews

Composer Buddy Baker on his system of harmony – TelevisionAcademy.com/Interviews


I was always fascinated by Oh
Stravinsky’s music and Prokofiev Ravel and I noticed that they they had tools
to work with that I didn’t have and I spent a good part of a year I guess just
analyzing Stravinsky and I came up with my own harmony system that works great
I’ve been using it for you know 50 some years now and it’s based on a theory
that every every type Court has its own scale instead of just a major and minor
scales it that you get in traditional music and so I working working that and
it enables me to write to paly chordal sounds instead of poly tones sounds and
do you teach this to this day or do you find that it’s somewhat radical by
comparison with what people are traditionally taught well it’s it’s not
not that radical but I found it with students today they’re so engrossed in
what they’re doing that I can’t teach it in a classroom it has to be talked into
it and individual students I think but it works it’s it’s a good system it
works fine I’d heard at some point that Nadia Boulanger was interested in your
system did you ever meet or talk to her or said oh yeah unfortunately that story
goes back to Alan Oldfield who was studying with her in Paris and he had
studied this system with my system and he showed her what was what he knew
about it and she was very interested in it and wanted to talk to me about it but
unfortunately yeah I she passed away before I got
yeah it’s pretty interesting though that somebody of her notoriety her fame you
know was interested in what you were doing Ellen said she was very interested
in

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