Exploring Music's Complexities

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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 ›

opera and musicals

Opera and Musical Differences

Operas and Musicals Given the similarities and differences between an opera and a musical one has to conclude there is a hazy boundary between the two.  Once you think you have a definition for each you find exceptions that make distinctions difficult.  One thing that is clear is that is they come out of the… Read More ›

Stravinsky’s Road to Minimalism

The Road to Minimalism in Music

Exploring the Role of Music During War

Use of music to convey patriotism and popular sentiments during times of war. “More solid things do not shew the complexion of the Times so well, as Ballads and Libels.” Belden. New York: D. Appleton & Company, 346 & 348 Broadway London: 16 Little Britain MDCCCLVI (1) ENTERED, according to Act of Congress, in the… Read More ›

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