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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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Where do people meet to play keyboard, eg piano or organ, in the genres of “classical” and “church” music?

It is easy to meet with jazz pianists but where do people meet to play keyboad, eg piano or organ, in the genres of "classical" and "church" music?
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Inversionally equivalent pc sets relation with transposition

So, I'm reading Allen Forte's Structure of Atonal Music and in the sub-chapter 1.4 Inversionally equivalent pc sets he affirms: It is important to observe that whereas transposition does not imply ...
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Why aren't chord names written in classical sheet music?

When I see classical sheet music I don't see the chords named, were chords not used back then? And if they were, do the notes that are under a bass clef generally outline the shapes of chords? I only ...
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Practice and performance

This question is going to take some time to explain (at least for me), so pardon the length ahead of time. Also note that it seem like it elicits opinions but this is not the intent. I'm interested ...
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What notes in these mordents?

I can't work out which notes are actually played in these mordents, it seems (from the specified fingering) to include more notes than in a typical mordent?
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In which music should I add my own embellishments?

I know that music from the baroque era was composed with the assumption that performers would add their own embellishments (when viable, not for canons or fugues). I've also heard that Mozart didn't ...
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Important composers in transitional eras

I understand Beethoven (and Schubert) to be very important composers in the transition from the Classical Era to the Romantic, such that they could be considered the first Romantic composers. Are ...
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How did popular music influence classical music?

In the baroque, classical, and romantic periods, how did popular "low culture" music influence the classical music produced during those periods? Were influences more frequently from previous ...
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What if musical piece not ended with tonic chord?

I've a chord progression G, A, Bm, A, repeating itself throuh whole song in a key of B minor....i mean How it will affect the listener and how they feel ..
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Do classical pieces sound different today than the originals due to temperament?

I was reading how classical music used to not be in equal temperament. So each of their keys sounded completely different and that's why they named their pieces after the keys they were playing. ...
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Why did classical musicians not name their pieces? [duplicate]

For example, most of the symphonies by Mozart don't have names. Instead, they are called names like "Symphony no. 4 in D major", which sounds awfully bland. Today's composers all give their songs ...
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Is there any app for recognizing classical music? [closed]

Often I hear lovely classical music pieces that I'm unable to identify and that I would like to know. Shazam fails miserably 90% of the times and I'd like to know if there's any reliable similar app ...
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What is the Raga of Ninna Olumeyinda Nikhila janaru bandu

What is the Raga of Ninna Olumeyinda Nikhila janaru bandu? Link :
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Example of Classical Composer having two albums/works of two different periods

I would like to find the clearest, most obvious case for a composer whose work at one point of his life is considered to be part of "Period A" and work at another point of his life is considered "...
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conterpoint and melodic learning or other ways?

If I want to learn about melodic for composition, I have to learn counterpoint, that 's right? Or it has other ways or great books for learning about, please anyone help me I lost a lot of time for ...
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What is the difference between Ensemble and Orchestra?

Both the definitions imply a group of musicians playing a piece together. If i am inferring it wrong, kindly clarify the difference.
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Figuring out the key signature of a piece of music I wrote

I recently wrote string quartet with five movements and now have run into a rather large problem. Since I have never taken a music theory class or a composition class in my life, I didn't know how to ...
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What does “Etwas Belebter” mean in “Verklarte Nacht”

In the first movement of "Verklarte Nacht" by Arnold Schoenberg there is a term "Etwas belebter". When I checked this word in dictionary it mean "Somewhat busier". When I listen to the piece in this ...
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How to measure computer-generated song files as “good” from AI trained from classical music? [closed]

I created a computer algorithm that takes in piano music from the classical era and I'd like to measure how good my results are. However, I don't have a music background. Could I get some suggestions ...
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Why does Brahms stand next to Bach and Beethoven?

I've often heard the expression, "Bach, Beethoven, and Brahms" as sort of a summary of classical music, or something. I feel that I understand why Bach and Beethoven should serve as pillars of ...
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Is ear training for piano is 100% sufficient for ear training flute?

If a person ear trains pitches of piano will he be automatically able to understand the pitches of flute or should he do some extra ear train for flute ? For example can we say if a person ear trains ...
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Is the audio quality of a digital piano sufficient for enjoying classical music on YouTube?

Some months ago, I have started composing piano music in mostly romantic style (somewhere between Brahms, Rachmaninoff and Albeniz for most pieces). I have recorded some of them as videos using my ...
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What's a good technical way to come up with melodies in a certain scale?

I'm planning on composing a piece for bassoon and flute. I want to use the whole tone scale mixed with lydian. What are some good practices to come up with melodies?
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Why isn't there a classical composer like Beethoven, Chopin or Mozart today?

Why there aren't composers writing in a classical style today? Why don't we hear of classical composers today like we do of Beethoven, Chopin or Mozart? My question may be strange, but I am really ...
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Relationship between movements

I'm not sure if this is an absolutely standard Music Appreciation 101 question, but googling hasn't answered it for me. How are movements of (say) a classical symphony related to each other? I know ...
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What orchestral compositions have parts for Trumpet in H?

I know I've played parts written in H, but I can't find any from Google search. H is the German equivalent of B. Source: http://web.library.yale.edu/cataloging/music/names-keys-french-german-italian-...
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Why there are no female genius composers? [closed]

Vivaldi, Mozart, Beethoven, Bach, Tchaikovsky, Chopin, Paganini, Liszt, Grieg, Rachmaninoff and many more Why are all of these genius composers male and not female? Are there any genuis female ...
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Is there a term for the practice of omitting staves for the measures that have no music in an orchestral score?

Particularly in 20th century "atonal" orchestral music, one from time to time comes across a score in which staves that have no music are not notated with a whole rest, but rather are not even printed ...
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What makes a piece a fugue?

Can anyone explain what a "fugue" is, in simple words? After listening several times to Little Fugue in G minor by J. S. Bach, it seems that same "subject" is playing from start after an interval of ...
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Meaning of numbers under bass line in BWV 51 mvt.3 (maybe chords?)

Natalie Dessay performs Bach's very beautiful Aria "Höchster, mache deine Güte" (A minor) in these two videos (only the sound and the score) ...
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What are the rules of Third Stream composition?

In 1961, Gunther Schuller defined Third Stream as "a new genre of music located about halfway between jazz and classical music". Schuller stated what Third Stream music is not It is not jazz with ...
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Shouldn't the strings resonate more, if I hold them down?

So if I hold the strings down with my left hand (I'm right handed), shouldn't they resonate more? It feels like it goes away so quickly. I am using a classical guitar (3 metal strings, 3 nylon), and ...
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Cadence in Haydn's String Quartet in G, Op. 54, No 1, i, 1-13

I'm studying with a book called "Analyzing Classical Form" and it says that the cadence in this piece starts it's cadence on the 2nd half of m 10 but that's a III(5) and I'm so confused. Download the ...
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Do you have to hold note or is pedal sufficient?

In the following measure of Air in D major by Bach, do I have to keep pressing A (and play around with thumb on A) or can I let go (with sustain pedal)?
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“The intervals considered dissonant have changed since the 'Middle Ages'”; How so?

In reading my new book 'Complete Classical Music Guide', I understand the following: If two notes are separated by a consonant the sound is pleasing to the ears. If they are of a dissonant ...
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Can one's musical ‘ear’ be trained with practice and dedication? [duplicate]

These great composers of the past: Beethoven, Mozart, Bach, Tchaikovsky, Brahms, and my personal favourite Elgar, all lived in a time where they had only a piano to work out their various symphonies ...
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How do professional musicians listen to music [closed]

What equipment do professionals use to listen to music? Is it really all mp3 these days? Do they use bluetooth? I am mostly interested in classical music.
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Music theory book for classical guitar learner

Is there any music theory for classical guitar learner? Most of the books I've read focus just on note reading and chord, scale in a visualized way, not on the relations between the musical stuffs. ...
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Could Charles Valentin Alkan play his own compositions?

Could Charles Valentin Alkan play his own compositions? I'm very curious, since his compositions are extremely difficult, and I've only seen a few pianists who were able to play these compositions. ...
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How often is the Sostenuto pedal used in classical and modern Piano Music?

In most of the pianos that we see today, the Sostenuto pedal does not exist. Only the pianissimo (una corda) and the sustain (damper) pedals can be seen. Throughout the time that I've been studying ...
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Why was Brahms's music considered 'too academic'?

I posted on here before about learning to compose, after hearing some classical music that moved me enormously. I have been researching many of the famous composers from all over the world; Brahms ...
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A bad guitar… CAN it sound good?

is it possible to have a beautiful agreeable good sound to dance or to rhythm the night while using a cheap $70 guitar (the classical guitar). Is the instruments responsible for it or it depends just ...
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Is it possible to describe how referees in composition competitions (typically) work?

Would it be possible that someone having a working knowledge in these matters (ideally, someone who has much experience being a referee in composition competitions) to give an overview, to a person ...
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What is “listening for GCSE”? [closed]

I just started a primephonic subscription and saw that the service has a built-in playlist named "Listening for GCSE" with the following description: The classical component of GCSE music brings a ...
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Is popular music less complex and artistic than classical music? [closed]

I was listening to a lecture by John Hodges, where he says that the standard movement of classical music is: Home->Away->Home in a New Way (a new way that resolves all the tension in the Away portion)....
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How to turn a “tune” into a “symphonic melody”?

I'm a hobbyist composer and I just started reading Piston's Harmony handbook to recover the basics I never learned. One of the limits I'm trying to overcome is my inability to conceive melodies that ...
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Home vidiorecording classical piano music with M-1 orchesta accompaniment at home [closed]

I would like to record Rachmaninoff's 2nd piano concerto, accompanied by the Stuttgart Symphony orchestra (Music Minus One CD). The setting is our parlor in an antebellum Virginia plantation home. ...
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Videorecording classical piano music with M-1 orchesta accompaniment at home [duplicate]

I would like to record Rachmaninoff's 2nd piano concerto, accompanied by the Stuttgart Symphony orchestra (Music Minus One CD). The setting is our parlor in an antebellum Virginia plantation home. ...
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Learning from real pieces

My piano teacher is really into Beyer Op. 101 and the dreadful Hanon. In his view first Beyer, then others, Hanon always at the beginning for ten-twenty minutes. Now, I love (obviously) classical ...
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Is dynamic range compression used in classical music?

In the era of "loudness war", a modern popular music song with no quiet passages generally has a flat dynamic range: Clipping is also common - albums can be practically 100% distorted when record ...