Questions tagged [classical-music]

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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Song structure in classical music vs EDM

I've been playing piano for a few of months, and of the couple of pieces I know, neither of them are particularly repetitive. I mean they definitely have repetition, but much less so than EDM (...
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What is the name of this piece? [closed]

I recently came across a edit video of lang lang where he was playing a piece all thought he was not actually playing it because it was edited. I searched for it and found out its called RUNTAH MEDLEY ...
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How do you deal with longer right hand middle finger when playing classical guitar? [closed]

My right hand technique is quite poor, and middle finger keeps touching the string below. Should I find the ideal amount of curvature of middle finger? Or is there another way?
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How do you apply vibrato to a chord?

I am practicing vibrato, classical guitar vibrato like rolling finger tips on the fretboard. One note vibrato is ok but a chord vibrato looks quite ugly. Not enough rolling finger tips are done. Is ...
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Muthuswamy Dikshithar's Nottuswaras and Western Music [closed]

There are some songs called as Nottuswaras (from English Note Swarams) composed by Sri Muthuswamy Dikshitar, one of the composers of the Carnatic Music Trinity. Source: Wikipedia These are completely ...
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Why prolongational instead of cadential progression

I have some questions regarding Mozarts piano sonata K. 283. According to Hauser, "these four measures prolong tonic. Measures two and three are contrapuntal chords that are surrounded by the ...
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Sustaining, while replaying, notes in Rachmaninoff Prelude in A flat Op. 23 No. 8

Bars 32-39 of this prelude call for the left hand to play a line built from sustained notes that also get repeatedly replayed in the right hand's sixteenth note arpeggiations. I cannot figure out ...
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Did Beethoven ever meet Mozart?

I hear different stories about the different musical intellects of Mozart and Beethoven in their different musical periods. Did they ever meet? What did Beethoven think of Mozart's ideology and ...
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What is mode borrowing?

There's a question asking me about to identify mode borrowing, how do I do it? What is mode borrowing, may i have some examples?
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Can an imperfect (or half) cadence feel completely stable/finished?

A while ago I wrote a quartet (or attempted to) which contained an imperfect cadence in a minor key, specifically i - V. The V chord is simply a triad with no seventh. In the context that I wrote it, ...
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What was the appropriate response if an Early Romantic era composer dedicated a composition to you?

What was the expectation of the recipient of a dedication during the early romantic era, if the recipient could perform it? For example, when Schubert was 22 he composed his Piano Sonata No. 13 in A ...
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allegro animato and deciso in Mazeppa

In Liszt's 5e étude, Mazeppa, a part has allegro animato and then the next one allegro deciso. What are the possibilities and the most likely meaning of those terms ? I understand that animato can ...
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Do conductors sometimes show a downbeat with an upward movement?

What I noticed some unusual gestures that Karajan has when he conducts. The standard beat patterns use exclusively downward movement for downbeats. However, I recently watched quite a few live ...
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dmitri shostakovich vs Dimitri Schostakowitch vs Shostakovitch

I have inherited a lot of... I will be honest I am not sure what to call them. Would they be called classical, symphony? I came across a collection of Dmitri Shostakovich or Dimitri Schostakowitch or ...
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French-language Baroque Music Suggestions

I have found Bach's vocal works to be a fun way to supplement learning German. I am also learning French, and I have tried looking for such works with French libretto but I have been unable to find ...
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Liszt Transcendental Étude No.1 (Prelude) -- chord progression along the Arpeggio (in the first 4 bars)

Liszt Transcendental Étude No.1 (Prelude) I am curious to know whether there is a logical reason for the "chord progression" of the Arpeggio for Liszt Transcendental Étude No.1 (Prelude). ...
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Is understanding classical composition guidelines beneficial to a jazz composer?

I'm a jazz musician, and as such, I tend to shy away from very dogmatic compositional rules. Over the last few weeks, however, I've been wondering if studying things like SATB voice leading or species ...
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Frequency ratio, Wavelength ratio, and chords

Here is a plot of list of wavelengths λ ($\lambda$, inverse proportional to frequencies f) of some strings, or sound waves. Let us call the wavelengths as λ1: λ2: λ3: λ4: λ5: λ6: λ7 and so on = 1: 1/...
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Bar 48: A3+B4 and B3+A4 - ODE TO JOY Symphony no. 9, opus 125 Extract from a piano transcription by Franz Liszt

In Bar 48 of the fourth movement - "Ode to Joy", Symphony no. 9, opus 125, in this extract from the piano transcription by Franz Liszt, there are three counterpoint melodies, marked in the ...
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brahms requiem - two pianos, 4 hands version?

Our small church was recently bequeathed a fine 7 foot grand, which pairs incredibly nicely with our current 7 foot grand. I’m thinking of an inaugural concert, featuring the Brahms Requiem, ...
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What is the preferred musicology term for "classical music"?

What is the preferred, more precise English-language musicology term for the genre of music which North Americans typically call “classical music”? I mean the broader meaning of "classical", ...
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"Winterreise" or "Die Winterreise?"

I've seen two performances of Schubert's Winterreise this year, both at a local music school of some note, and both used the title "Die Winterreise." Apple's new Classical app also calls it &...
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Is it true that classical musicians are not rhythmical?

I keep hearing that classical musicians are not rhythmical, that they have problems with complicated rhythm patterns. I especially hear it often from jazz musicians. Is that true? If yes, how is that ...
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Can someone explain why this spacing is preferred for III-VI progression

I was studying from walter piston's harmony and came across this. Can someone explain why the first progression is unusual while the second one is preferred?
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What is the best way to create a Midi file of transcription of orchestral score from audio or sheet music?

There is a song that I cannot find in midi format, and was wondering what the best process would be to create such a file, if I have either the original score and/or an audio recording of an orchestra ...
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Open string call out does not match requested music note

I am learning guitar and recently came across a sheet requesting what I understand to be an open B string (red arrow), however the music sheet shows a C (blue arrow) note being played. What is the ...
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Clair De Lune - Un poco mosso section rhythm problem

I count the beats as 1 o let, 2 o let, 3 o let, instead of 123456789. For the duplets, I count them as 1 o and let, with a very fast 'and'. I am now on the un poco mosso section and don't know the ...
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Is a semi-weighted keyboard good enough to play classical music?

I recently purchased an 88-key, semi-weighted keyboard without doing my research and only recently found out that the weight of the keys has a big impact. I was under the assumption that they are ...
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Need help recalling a website that plays classical music with scrolling scores [closed]

I last visited the site maybe 10 years ago. The site had only a handful of pieces. The one I remembered was Queen of the Night aria from the Magic Flute. The website would play the music with ...
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Syncopation in classical music [closed]

Can anyone can point me, a lay person, to good examples of syncopation in classical music? I'm also wondering if syncopation shows up at all in Baroque music. Thank you.
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Need help identifying this sequence [closed]

I've been trying to figure out what piece of music this sequence belongs to. I'm not sure the key signature is correct, but I believe the melody and rhythm are correct. If it helps, I'm also pretty ...
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Is Fantaisie Impromptu actually in G# Phrygian?

I’m new to music theory and the definition of key I’ve learned seems to contradict established fact. I’ve been told that the tonic of a piece is the key where the melody comes to rest, where it feels ...
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Tips for Animenz Unravel (piano)

I am having some issues in playing certain parts of Unravel by Animenz. The main issue is with the right hand, I can’t keep up with the tempo and make mistakes again and again. I have practiced this ...
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Should the last chord before the last four chords be fortissimo in Chopin Op. 10, No. 12?

I'm learning Revolutionary Etude by Chopin (Op. 10, No. 12), and I am thinking about the last chord before the last four chords (fifth to the last chord, at the beginning of m. 81). Should it be ...
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Post-concert routine for soloists? [closed]

I'm curious about what happens when a soloist walks off stage after a performance. Where do they go? Where does the conductor go? Everything backstage is a mystery for me.
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Doubt on the women production in "classical music" [closed]

Just to be very clear about my question. When I wrote the question I was thinking in: I heard that John Williams was inspired by Gustav Holst's "The Planets" I wanted to find similar pieces ...
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Half step modulations in music [closed]

I'm looking for cllasical/Jazz music pieces with half step (semitone) modulations. I'm assuming that this type of modulation could appear in the form of enharmonic modulation- when the pivot chord (...
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Should I stop taking lesson from a Jazz guitar player when I want to learn Classical guitar?

I am currently taking Classical guitar lessons intending to take ABRSM graded exam. The problem now is the guitar teacher doesn't seem to be well versed in Classical guitar. I have often spotted him ...
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Instances of note beams across measures

How rare was it, in classical and romantic periods, for composers to notate eighth note and sixteenth note beams across measures? Are there examples from composers other than Schubert? In two of ...
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What's the earliest known example of music written for an electronic instrument?

The other day I stumbled upon Joseph Schillinger's First Airphonic Suite, a 1929 orchestral suite that includes a part for theremin. Since this was written 10 years after the invention of the theremin,...
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Notes not adding up to time signature How to play this?

Hi, any idea how to play this piece? The note on the last beats are not adding up to 6/8.
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What does it mean when the same note with the same length is on the same stem for the same instrument? [duplicate]

In Ravel's "Bolero" the violas play a repeated pattern in pizzicato that grows more and more complex. The second form, however, beginning at m. 21, has a notation that puzzles me. The middle ...
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Inconsistent notation of BWV 565 mm. 39–40 makes it unclear whether to play C or C# [duplicate]

In the passage shown below (from Bach's Toccata and Fugue in D minor, BWV 565, mm. 39–40), the C#s and C-natural in the right hand are all explicitly notated, but in the left hand, no indication is ...
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what is a "rhythmic gesture"?

Per Wikipedia, taken originally from Winold, 1975, chapter 3, among the general characteristics of music from the common practice period is "rhythmic gestures of a limited number of rhythmic ...
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Chopin Prelude Op. 28 No. 1: A mysterious mutated note in the 12th bar?

In Chopin Prelude Op. 28 No. 1 (C major) has a particularly mysterious mutated note in the 12th bar shown in the red box (this note does not repeat the voice of the previous blue box): Question Is ...
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In Bach's WTK I Prelude in C major, is Glenn Gould's performance more literal reading of the score?

Bach's prelude in C major, being beginners' favorite, seemingly shouldn't be controversial as to how it should be read. This is why Glenn Gould's interpretation came to me as a shock with each ...
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Harmony exercise, enharmonic equivalence

I'm studying from Walter Piston's book Harmony (5th Ed) so that I'm prepared before the semester starts at UNA. Exercise 6.D asks: "For each one of the following intervals, name at least two ...
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What makes a song not sound like classical music [closed]

For example La Califfa, it is sung by a mezzo-soprano but the melody of this song cannot be mistaken for classical music. Is there a way to explain this? What exactly makes it sound modern?
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Indian and western classical violin [duplicate]

Can I learn both Indian classical and western classical violin at the same time?
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What does the 'L' line in Elgar's "The Spirit of the Lord" mean?

In the introduction to the Elgar's "The Spirit of the Lord", the prologue to The Apostles Op. 49, the score has lines which looks like octave signs, but which have the letter 'L' instead of ...
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