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Really dedicated to one note

This tune was written by German composer Peter Cornelius in 1854.  The song “Ein Ton” (german for “one note”) is remarkable because it has a single note for a melody – the note B is repeated 80 times over 42 bars of music..

Nicolas Slonimsky said about the piece: “Of course, there are constant modulations so that harmonic changes make up for monotony.

I’m pretty sure that this is how some pop music is made – the “singer” sings one note over & over and autotune takes care of the rest.

Here’s a video of Ties Mellema and Hans Eijsackers playing “Ein Ton” at the Amsterdam Uitmarkt in 2008.

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