Exploring Music's Complexities

Music Theory rss

Review of the theoretical elements of music including sound and pitch, rhythm, melody, harmony, and notation.

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 ›

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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Early and Medieval Music

Early and Medieval Music The classification system describing the evolution of Western music incorporated into the next series of notes follows that generally accepted by Music History Scholars.  This note will restrict itself to the music of the Early and Medieval or Gothic Periods emphasizing church music.   The following list of classifications provide a look into… Read More ›

Stravinsky’s Road to Minimalism

The Road to Minimalism in Music

Exploring the Role of Percussion Instruments

Exploring the Role of Percussion Instruments For a composition to be effective it must contain two of music’s basic elements – tone color (timbre) and dynamics.   These two elements contribute to the feeling of motion and movement in music.  Musical instruments provide the tone colors.  The combination of rhythm, melody, harmony, dynamics, tone color and… Read More ›

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