Questions about the music produced or rooted in the traditions of Western liturgical and secular music during a broad period from roughly the 11th century to present times.

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What are some examples influences from external cultures on the development of Western classical music?

So, I think it's largely safe to presume that the core of Western musical theory developed almost entirely within Europe -- Greece in its very early history, mainly Italy and also the Franco-Flemish ...
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Is there such a thing as “pop music theory”?

There is large body of work describing the theory of Western classical music; I'm unaware of the state of analysis of popular music forms. Are the differences between, say post-50's American ...
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Classical music example for seamless transition from one section to other with changing keys

As a search for specific questions for this broad question (Changing key in a song convincingly), I am asking for "mainstream" classical music examples (pre-modern era and movie scores can be ...
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Where does the opening solo of the Rite of Spring come from?

In Tom Service's commentary to the BBC Proms 2013 performance of the Rite of Spring, he starts off with something I had no idea of: The best bassoon solo ever? It sounds otherworldly: but it's ...
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Are repeated octaves permissable in a fourt part SATB?

I am writing a four part SATB (soprano, alto, tenor, bass) and wanted to know if repeated (that is, successive) octaves are permissible? I know that parallel fifths/octaves are not allowed, but what ...
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Can you help me expand this trill in Mozart's Sonata 16 (k545)?

I wonder if I am reading it wrong, or if i need much more practice on this segment. It simply doesn't sound right when I play it. Can you help me expand this trill into actual notes on the sheet ...
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Where or what is the guitar table

I have just done a classical guitar test and one of my comments was not to put my right hand on the guitar table. Can anyone tell me what it is, i am just using a standard classical guitar and no ...
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Does anyone have any sources I could use to talk about who influenced Bach?

I am writing an essay about the synthesis of music theory Bach used to create his own music theory, especially in his fugal works. Any help would be appreciated, but if people could provide sources ...
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I'm totally new to classical guitar, I see people playing barre chords

How are these barre chords notated on sheet music? Do you just do a barre chord if you want? I just want to make sure sure, if it's a minor chord/major chord, do you play a major/minor chord?
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How difficult is it to play Beethoven's (Emperor) Piano Concerto No. 5?

At what ABRSM grade would it be sensible to attempt the piano component of this sublime piece of music?
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What is texture, according to classical music theory?

Texture in a sound-design, acoustic, and sound engineering context refers to the harmonic content of a sound, its timbre. Now that I'm starting to dive into classical music theory, it seems that ...
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Half oval 3 over notes

I'm a bit confused about this graphic, notice the half ovals on top with the 3 in the center: Is that a "triplet" and the same as this graphic in guitar pro? Please note that I have searched but ...
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The meaning of Coda

What does a Coda mean in music? I don't understand, it appears in many articles about "sonata form" but I still don't know..
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A question on Staccato in the end of a slur (piano playing)

A staccato note in the end of a slur( 1) A normal staccato note(2) question Do I play the (1) the same as (2)?
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Stravinsky's opera “Mavra” and its influence upon the popular song “Katyusha” by Blanter

In Wikipedia (Spanish Edition), and all over the Internet, you can see this paragraph (or similar) about the song popular Russian song "Katyusha". Some critics believe that Katyusha was not a ...
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Do classical musicians edit takes together?

I found a couple of pages that all suggest classical recordings range from slightly to extremely spliced: ...
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Meaning of sfr on sheet music

I have seen this on sheet music before But cannot find any definion of what it means. If you can tell me that would be great.
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Liszt's Eglogue - the first few bars

Liszt's Églogue, from the first part of Anées de Pèlerinage, contains several instances of a theme, first occurring between bars 3 and 6, in which a melody is played over a (much lower) bass note. The ...
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Is there a technical name for a piece of music played as alternate style?

Is there a technical name for a piece of music played in an alternate style? For example: in a documentary I saw a savant child play a sonata of Beethoven as if Mozart would have played it. Most of ...
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Can anyone recommend a good resource of baroque cello etudes or exercises?

I'm trying to improve my upper position cello technique. Does anyone know of some good cello resources that are baroque in nature?
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Are these “power chords” in a classical composition?

I've been trying to figure out the chord progression from the beginning of this Mussorgsky piece (orchestrated by Shostakovich, link below) and I'm just curious if I'm getting things right. The chords ...
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What are the parts of a classical composition?

I'd like to learn the names of the different parts of classical musical compositions as compared to the literary work structure that has a beginning, the part where the plot thickens and the ...
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Interpreting ornamentation in Haydn Piano Sonata in G Major Hob. XVI: 8

This is the first movement of sonata in G Major Hob. XVI: 8 by Haydn: In bars 6, 8 and 12 there are trills (presumably in 8), but each one is represented a little bit differently. In bar 6 there ...
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Hannon or Czerny

What are the best exercises for someone who had played the piano for 3 years but has had a 4 year break and wants to get back into playing, Hannon or Czerny?
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Playing Brass in Classical music: Intonation of thirds of a chord is often crucial

When playing classical music with for example a trombone, the player who plays the third of a chord must cautiously adjust intonation depending on major / minor chords. On a piano this is not ...
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Classical music vs March music relationship

What is the relationship between March music and Classical music? To the non-musician they seem to be interchangeable or at least largely overlapping. But I find March songs much more enjoyable and ...
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Counterpoint midi collection

I want to extract characteristics from counterpoint music for research purposes. Therefore I need a collection of midi (or musicxml or krn) files. I am aware of the kernscore database, this website, ...
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Which Piano Course is Best for Me (trained musician but beginner at piano)?

I am an adult (38 yo) professional sound designer and musician. I went to music school for drums. I can play basic jazz chords, read treble clef, still remember theory. Now I am studying classical ...
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What is the difference between dolce and cantabile techniques on the piano?

I find it difficult to make dolce (sweetly) and cantabile (singing/songlike) sound different when I'm playing the piano. How should my technique differ from one to the other?
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Is classical singing with self-accompaniment ok?

My child (12) takes both piano and classical singing lessons, independently. I have noticed that her song sheets sometimes also contain the accompaniment line, which she may be capable of playing. The ...
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What does “I Solisti Veneti” mean?

What does Vivaldi mean by "I Solisti Veneti"? What does the title mean? There doesn't seem to be a translation I could find of.
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Looking for advice on my self-taught music education

Until a year ago, I had absolutely no music education, and I decided to change that around this period, well more exactly I picked up on (acoustic) guitar as a hobby and from there gained interest in ...
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What can I do to improve my apoyando? [closed]

I'm looking for songs etudes etc that will help improve my rest stroke. I don't mind if they are just focused on rest stroke or song that contain the technique a lot I just need songs that will ...
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Rapid chromatic scales

What is a good fingering to use to be able to play through chromatic scales of a run-like-nature on the piano? For instance, I find that using the usual 1-2-3-1-3-1-3 fingering (assuming I'm using my ...
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What is the finger technique for harmonium?

I have go through many website to learn the finger technique for harmonium. But all they mention is the technique same as keyboard. e.g start from c -1 d -2 e -3 f- 1 g- 2 a- 3 b 4- c-5 1 is thumb ...
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What is the difference between with or without legato in singing?

In singing specially classic music, what is the difference between when the legato is written and when it's not they all sound the same connected line?
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Piano--Sight Read vs Memorising

Any correlations and meanings here? I find that people who are good at sight reading are bad at memorising, and people who are bad at sight reading are good at memorising. I also find that some ...
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Determining which musical period a piece is from just by looking at the properties of the music [closed]

I was wondering whether it is possible to recognize from which musical period a piece is from just by looking at the properties in the sheet music. Obviously you can see from what period it is by ...
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Piano Concerto Evolution

So I'm currently studying piano concerti, and I'm kind of stuck on a certain aspect of it. How has the piano CONCERTO evolved from the classical period to the romantic period? I always find ...
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How to programmatically generate Parsons code from a sound file?

Parsons code is a notation of the overall shape of a melody. Wikipedia describes it thus: The Parsons code, formally named the Parsons Code for Melodic Contours, is a simple notation used to ...
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What might make for “ambient” or “atmospheric” classical music?

I am primarily trying to identify the types of compositions and approaches to composition that would produce such music, with any particular composers or pieces that might make good examples as ...
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Brahms Hungarian Dances

Wondering are the twenty or so dances from Brahms Hungarian Dances are they really dances? I was searching on this subject nothing could point me that are dances only to the name. If they're not real ...
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Are there more violin music similar to “Canon in D”? [closed]

I noticed that I particularly liked playing 2nd and 3rd violin in Canon in D because they're essentially first violin part shifted by couple bars, so it escapes the typical "2nd violin horror" of ...
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Digital touch sensitive keyboard just for learning new music

I have a Steinway baby grand which I practice on at home but there are times I cannot use it because of other people in the house. I only play classical music. I'm thinking of buying a touch ...
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Sub-canon within a canon?

In a canon, a piece usually starts from one melody and expands into several. Is it possible to create sort of sub-canons within the piece? Say I came up with an idea in the middle of the piece that I ...
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What does this roman numeral (2) mean? [duplicate]

as you can see above, there is a II in two places, what does that mean? Thanks!
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Is there guided recording of classical music?

I had the good fortune of taking an Intro to Harmony and some piano lessons in college, which opened my eyes to the fact that music has structure and meaning. "Getting" a piece this way instead of ...
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So I want to start playing again. But not right now, in a while. Some pieces and advice? [closed]

Long post! TL;DR below! So when I was a kid I took some piano lessons. I had an electronic keyboard and what I think was a terrible teacher. The guy basically gave me almost zero theory, no ...
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Music theory: Modulation [closed]

So I wanted to compose a sonata like I said before but I have a problem with modulating the keys, can I get some help? I don't know how to modulate, and it's kinda hard to understand when I search for ...
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What factors should be considered when planning a recital program

Question is mentioned in the title, any help would be great! It would be nice if you could also explain why certain pieces are seldom publicly performed in comparison to certain pieces that are ...