Pedagogical implications of traditional performance practice
Arva, Brandon Martin
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Is it possible for a computerized orchestra to sound like professional musicians? Can a piece of computer software replicate traditional pedagogical performance practice? Finale 2007's Garritan Professional Orchestra patch has brought a new revolution to computer-generated sound, far surpassing the capabilities of traditional MIDI. While computerized sound may not have to deal with issues of intonation, there are a multitude of problems with replicating a "true" pedagogical sound from our orchestra-in-a-box. This paper details the process by which over 180 MP3s were created using Finale 2007 for use with Dr. Charles J. Smith's (University at Buffalo, SUNY) forthcoming textbook Tonal Models of Music, Volume II, and, more importantly, details the numerous challenges and solutions in synthesizing a series of computer-generated sound files that reflect proper pedagogical performance practice.