.If a piece of music was to be written to reflect development of musical scales, nothing better than the theme from Ricard Strauss' Thus Spake Zarathustra could be written.
If you play the mp3 or midi and follow the course of the large circled numbers inside the score [below], you can read the comments and simultaneously hear the Strauss harmonic effect of each new addition to the scale. [You may have to maximize your window to see full length and widths of score staffs. Wait for score image to load -- it'll take some time, it's a large image -- about 100 seconds to load (dialup). Then click on the score to hear the music mp3.]
Or click here to hear a midi version.
-- (c) 1999 Bob Fink
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Counterpoint: Original Midis in baroque, classical styles