Tangent: Music Theory
At the park the other day, my son called to me from the swings.
“Hey, Mom! What song is this? NAH-na-NAH-na-NAH-na-na-na-NAH!”
“I think that’s ‘Für Elise,'” I said.
“Oh, right! I always get that one mixed up with ‘Iron Man,'” he said, referring to the song by Black Sabbath.
“You always get ‘Für Elise’ mixed up with ‘Iron Man’?” I asked, confused.
“Yes,” he said. “They sound the same.”
After more questioning, a little brow-furrowing, and then consulting his sister on some music theory, we figured out the culprit: minor seconds.
My spouse asserts that ours is the only house in the U.S. where the similarity between these two songs has ever been or, indeed, could ever be noticed. I’m skeptical about that claim, but either way I’m indebted to my son for linking Beethoven and Ozzy Osbourne like this for me.
And now you are, too.
I’ve shared the songs at the end of this post so you can hear for yourself.
Wondering what this is all about? Check out the introductory post.