6 irresistibly clever cartoons to explain classical music theory
24 January 2020, 18:25
Cartoons are fun, and so is music theory! Here are a few of our favourite sketches that can also teach you an impressive amount about the rudiments of music.
Sonata form as a romance
Here’s a visual vignette to detail the complexities of sonata form. It’s basically a romance between the musical themes: the meeting, the chase (and conflicts) and the resolution. Aww!
Classic Jenny is on Tumblr and is one of our favourite classical caricaturists.
Sonata form as a graphic
The very entertaining piano cartoonist don't shoot the pianist shares this quirky guide. In Sonata form, the first and second subjects (remember the two characters of the romance?) travel though the twists and turns of a musical opening movement, complete with unexpected additional modulations. We’re looking at you, Beethoven...
Notes of a scale, on a night out at the club
Tone Deaf Comics without fail always finds the right blend of musical geekery and visual lols. Here are the notes of the scale, enjoying a night out together.
Chord inversions as snowmen
Another moment of illustrative inspiration from Classic Jenny: chords, cadences and inversions, described by sizes and shapes of snowmen.
What are accidentals?
Some fancy penmanship to teach you all about accidentals in music. All in video form from amazing visual educators at Odd Quartet.
Accidentals, the basics - Music Theory Crash Course
Rondos from don’t shoot the pianist
The same, but for the Sonata-Rondo form that is often found in the final movement of a sonata or concerto. Clever huh?