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Overview of Non-Western Music

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August 16, 2018

  Comparing Western Music With Non-Western Music One of the first things you will probably note when researching Non-Western Music is the scarcity of information. Unlike Western music, Non-Western music grew out of environments or cultures that did not require the development of commonly accepted standards for tuning. The Western tuning agreements developed over time… Read More ›

alto clef

Need for Music Staves and Clefs

Reading Music Using Clefs   Have you ever wondered how a musician knows what notes to play? While it isn’t necessary to read music it helps if you want to play a composition written by someone else. If you take a look at a piece of sheet music you will see the notes are notated… Read More ›

First Violin and Second Violin Differences

First Violinists and Second Violinists In an orchestra violinists are divided into two sections. Does “playing second” mean the violinist is not good enough to play first violin? Let’s explore their differences. In symphony orchestras there are two sections of violins. The first violin section is always on the conductor’s left. Seating of second violins… Read More ›

Daniel Kobialka with Leonard Bernstein

Classical Music Period Part 3 – Romantic and Modern Periods

  Daniel Kobialka with Leonard Bernstein         As noted in the first of this series, the music classification system describing the evolution of Western music follows that generally accepted by Music History Scholars.  To date these newsletters have provided a look into the key periods of musical development including: Early (prior to 9th century) Medieval (9th… Read More ›

Classical Music Period Part 2 – Renaissance, Baroque and Classical Periods

Part 2 in this series describes Western music created in the Renaissance period (15th to 16th Centuries),  Baroque period (1700 to 1750), and Classical period (1750 to 1820).  Take time to listen to one of the great pieces of music from this period.  The version below is of Pachelbel-Canon in D available at  https://www.wonderofsound.com/product/dreams-beyond-the-twilight-mp3/ Buy… Read More ›

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