He taught throughout the world, and was a guest conductor for Finnish, Norwegian, Danish, Swedish, German, and Italian radio. It has existed in a state of continual evolution since the early s. What is the aim of the Lydian Chromatic Concept? The principal aim of The Concept is to grasp the behavior of all musical activity i. Its purpose is to provide a road map of the musical universe that tells you where all the roads are, but does not tell you which roads to take.

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It is also one of the most needlessly confusing books ever written. I was immediately taken by it and have worked with it ever since, sometimes more than at other times, but continuously for over 40 years now.

I have some hard-earned insights into what seemed to be a complex subject when I began. This series of articles is about those insights and about what the LCCTO is and what it is not, and about how I have utilized it to help me to create the music I wanted to create.

As with any map, it is most useful when you know where you want to go. I also believe that George Russell himself is somewhat responsible for the fact that so many people have the sense that the LCCTO is a system, because Russell presents his Concept in that way, in my opinion.

But the point is not to debate this issue. The point is that when I discovered the map at the heart of the LCCTO, light was shed on many, many things that were hidden before. So, let me begin with the map. Note: a copy of the chart can be found on the Lydian Chromatic Concept page on Facebook. Find it and copy it The chart is rarely mentioned in the text of the early editions. Later editions of the book are completely different than the early editions.

The later editions, including the current one, are so different as to be a completely different book. That is a big loss, in my opinion, and here is why. The name of that chart says a lot. Here, then is a complete chart of tonal gravity. But the rest of the title tells us something just as important, even if it seems obvious. Of course, a Lydian chromatic scale is nothing more than a chromatic scale. Just one chromatic scale. But of course all chromatic scales are the same, so what does it matter?

There are, of course 12 of them. You need to name that chromatic scale before the chart has any meaning at all. The map is featureless until the chromatic scale is named. Everything of value in the chart is only revealed when the chromatic scale is named. For the moment. Now, we can use the chart as the map of tonal gravity that it is.

However, there is more to being able to use a tool than merely possessing it But first, we need to grasp the tool and understand how it works. It is the key of the music perhaps. Everything we do now starts from the F.

Look at the chart. Those headings name all the intervals possible in a chromatic scale. PRIME just indicates a unison, not exactly what we call an interval, but all the rest are known intervals that can occur. Those columns under those titles are a map of the tonal gravity of that particular interval. All of them. If you count those Roman Numerals in that column, you will find there are 12 of them. The same number of pitches in a chromatic scale. In our example, major 3rd, we look at the first Roman Numeral in that column.

To make that Maj 3rd, we go from F to A. Suffice it to say that it is the very soul of the LCCTO that the overtone series creates the basis for tonal gravity.


Lydian Chromatic Concept:

George Russell e il Lydian Chromatic Concept Lydian Chromatic Concept of Tonal Organization, la visione rivoluzionaria di George Russell Nel Lydian Chromatic Concept of Tonal Organization George Russell propone una visione nuova della musica, che mette al centro del sistema tonale la scala lidia al posto della tradizionale scala maggiore. Proviamo a vedere nel dettaglio da dove parte e dove arriva il ragionamento di George Russell. Le premesse del Lydian Chromatic Concept di George Russell George Russell mette al centro del suo sistema la scala lidia per ragioni storiche e teoriche. Se metto in ordine queste sette note ottengo la scala lidia e non la scala maggiore.


George Russell e il Lydian Chromatic Concept

Narn Vic Dillahay rated it liked it May 31, The knowledge that appears in the two volumes of the Lydian Chromatic Concept bas been distilled very carefully to allow students of the Concept to adapt their own musical perspectives to this one. No art form or theory is complete without some basis in psychology and spirituality. The Lydian Chromatic Concept of Tonal Organization Whether you are a composer, instrumentalist, improviser, educator, arranger, or theoretician, and even if you come to this book from outside the profession of music, finding an aim as you work will allow you to put this knowledge into action and have it work for you. Erik marked it as to-read Jun 06, For instance, to construct a C Lydian scale one could list the first seven tones on the circle of fifths starting with C, the desired Lydian Tonic. Its purpose is to generate new pathways toward greater freedom in exercising aesthetic judgment and discernment that invoke a more objective fulfillment of musical statement. He offers customized online private lessons to students around the world via video chat, phone and email.


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The word "Lydian" is here derived from one of the classical Greek scale modes. Having finished this work, Russell is completing another volume on related elements which he has been simultaneously developing over the last several decades. The Lydian Chromatic Concept of Tonal Organization was expanded several times over the years, and has grown greatly since its first appearance in It is with pride and pleasure that we present this fourth and final edition.

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