Friday, January 22, 2010

NO WAVE NO DIEGO: January 15th, 2010: A Look at the "Tristan chord"

On today's show we examined one of the most famous chords in music.
Richard Wagner's "Tristan chord", which is found in the prelude to and
throughout his opera "Tristan und Isolde", is Wagner's most renowned
contribution to the history of music and Western music's most noted
example of unresolved dissonance. "Tristan und Isolde" has the
reputation of being the seminal work in the emancipation of harmony
from the Classical tonal system. We also played Paul Lansky's "Mild
und Liese", who uses the chord and messes around with it in the piece.
For more analysis check out the wiki page devoted to it.

And don't forget to download the entire show from the link at the bottom of the post!

1. Richard Wagner - Tristan und Isolde, Prelude & Liebestod
2. Paul Lansky - Mild und Leise
3. Keiji Haino - Drifting

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