Four Simple Notes Captured Listeners Across Centuries

NPR | July 21, 2014 7:49 a.m. | Updated: July 22, 2014 6:12 a.m.

Its name is esoteric, but the diatonic phrygian tetrachord is perhaps the most common sequence in music. WNYC’s David Garland tells NPR’s Arun Rath how those four notes crop up from baroque to rock.


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