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Modern Forms of Instrumental Music

Virtually all types of music forms are being written today.  Technology continues to play an important role in the development of 21st century music.   Composers use recording tapes as a compositional tool.   Electronically generated sounds are used both on their own and in combination with traditional instruments.  Some are manipulating the performance of instruments in real time.

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Concertos Described

Origin of the Term Concerto What does the term “Concerto” mean?  How would you describe one?  What is it about them that make them fun to listen to? In earlier times the term “concerto” was “concert” in Italian.  Use of the term described works that involved voices and instruments in which the instruments had independent… Read More ›

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The Importance of Violin Bowing

What is Violin Bowing Violin bowing is the term used to describe the way in which a musical phrase or passage is to be executed or the signs by which the phrase or passage is usually marked.   Appropriate violin bowing is absolutely necessary if the musical phrase or passage is to be rendered correctly and… Read More ›

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Celtic Influences in Song Structure

  Listen to Track 3 from the album Celtic Fantasy as you read the review. Buy it Now Reprint of an AllMusic Review of Daniel Kobialka’s Celtic Fantasy by Larry Belanger “Daniel Kobialka takes his violin techniques, which incorporate a special warmth and subtlety of phrasing and intonation described by Arthur Fiedler, and adds a bit of Celtic structure… Read More ›

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What is it About Music? Tone Color

For a composition to be effective it must contain two of music’s basic elements – tone color and dynamics. They 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 instruments form music.

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