Background Information

.The aim of lesson 7 is to learn about dynamics in music, focusing on the ‘P’ or Piano sign (pronounced p-yar-no) and it’s significance in the music.

Index for the table:

1. Discussions 2. Dynamics in Music

1. Discussions:

 The theme for this lesson focuses on appropriate sounds/loudness for specific situations that relate to emotion This theme correlates to music through the notion of different musical ‘dynamics’, or loudness instructions that are written within the music that musicians have to follow when playing instruments, and how the loudness tells the story/conveys the emotions of the characters and events.


2. Dynamics in Music:

Dynamics are musical instructions notated on a musical piece in order to instruct the musician on which volume to play the music. These instructions are often seen as abbreviations of certain Italian words or symbols on a piece of music, above certain phrases or notes.
Dynamics were not actually used until the late 18th century, although there were some composers who used them earlier. Dynamics were not necessarily needed, beforehand, as a lot of instruments at the time only had two volumes, loud and soft.