What's in a name? Ask any ninth grade student enrolled in the new Upper School Concert Band course and they will tell you: a melody! During their first few rehearsal periods together last month, the musicians learned about musical cryptography while reviewing and demonstrating important rhythmic and tonal concepts with Dr. Aaron Patterson. Each musician encoded their name into corresponding pitches A through G and selected a clef, meter, and rhythmic patterns. The results led to unique musical signatures!
Did you know you can encode your name into a one-of-a-kind tune? Try it! Follow the instructions posted in the pictures below. If you feel particularly daring, consider encrypting your name in a more complex fashion: German composers J.S. Bach and Schumann composed with H = B-natural and S = E-flat. Why? In Robert German solfege (do, re, mi, etc.), H is B and Es is E-flat -- and B is B-flat. Bach created entire fugues from his last name...B-flat, A, C, B-natural. Other composers who have experimented with musical cryptography are Dmitri Shostakovich, Edward Elgar, and Franz Liszt. Amazingly, however, encoding names or words into music was first invented during the Middle Ages!
Check out these budding Bay Ridge Prep composers' coded creations on the walls of the lower level stairwell near the main entryway of the Upper School.
Can you deduce who wrote which melody?
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