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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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Who plays classical music by ear? [on hold]

One of the things I'm working on is playing classical music by ear. I've figured easier things like Canon in D, Prelude in C. But I'm trying to work my way up. I'm wondering if it's possible to play ...
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Is it possible to understand and enjoy classical music just by listening, without music theory knowledge? [closed]

Pretty much every book out there which claims to teach the readers to appreciate classical music, has significant amount of theory in it. Ex: What to listen for in Music by Aaron Copland. Is it not ...
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Why were parallel fifths used in this Rachmaninoff Prelude? [duplicate]

For instance, recently I have seen the use of parallel fifths in Rachmaninoff's Prelude in C♯ minor, The Bells of Moscow: I thought they were completely forbidden. Then, under certain conditions, are ...
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What is this chord in Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No. 2? [closed]

Can anyone tell me what chord Bach notated in the second half of measure 91 in the score below? I can see that the first chord in this measure is FMaj7, which is the end of a circle of fifths chord ...
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Is Aram Khachaturian a classical composer? [closed]

He doesn't SEEM to be like Beethoven, Chopin, etc.
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Are the diminished chords not that common in modern popular music?

It seems like the diminished chord (vii° in major, ii° in minor) is not used as much in modern popular music compared to classical music and the remaining chords of the diatonic scale. Is it actually ...
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Harmony on measure 21/22 of Chopin's Fantaisie-Impromptu

On measure 21, Chopin uses a B major-minor chord followed by a D# minor chord. One might think we're in E major and that he's just borrowing the D# minor, but on measure 19, it seems Chopin has ...
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Naming of common Instrumental groupings [closed]

I am aware that I cannot expect absolute, definitive answers but there appears to be some common patterns. Are the following reasonably reliable and what can be added? Clarification: I am primarily ...
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How many notes in a trill?

I’m playing a sonata by Beethoven (op. 78. No. 24 in F# major) and there are two of these trills (see the picture I’ve attached) in the left hand. My question is, how many notes should be in this ...
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How to listen to separate instruments in an orchestral piece

I would like to be able to listen to an orchestral piece of music one instrument at a time, something like what happens in the famous Amadeus scene during the composition of the Requiem. Are there ...
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Is it better to learn scales or chords first in Music Theory?

I'm a novice when it comes to music composition and I'm trying to expand my knowledge on scales, chords, intervals and progressions. I've been playing lead guitar in a thrash metal band for quite a ...
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Are orchestral movie soundtracks “classical”? [closed]

Are orchestral movie soundtrack compositions "classical music"? Two that I know come to mind: the theme from "The Wind and the Lion" (which I performed as a kid once in a wind band) and the theme ...
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How different can be a piece of music be if someone else performs it? [closed]

A piece of music, for example a symphony has sheet music so it's written how it should be performed. Because different people like different performers sometime, my question is that in technical ...
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When did the practice of exiting-reentering during applause in classical concerts start?

As the title suggests, I'm looking for some information on when the practice (concerning soloists and directors) of exiting and reentering the stage during an applause after a classical performance ...
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Mozart scale run with #5 and #1?

Can somebody please explain why Mozart used(or why do they work/what is their purpose/function) this 2 notes : #5 and #1 in this scale run from his Clarinet Concerto in A ??? Thank you very much
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Difference between baroque and classical keyboard concertos

I'm trying to compare a Baroque Harpsichord Concerto with a Classical Piano Concerto. But I'm just wondering in what aspects that the Baroque Concertos influenced the Classical Piano Concerto. I am ...
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Cyclic integration in music

In a book that I'm reading there is a term called cyclic integration, as follows: In the genres that are the main carriers of classical sonata-form evolution, Mozart began to achieve a marked ...
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What chords does Rule of the Octave use?

Rule of the Octave seems to have been fazed out from music. But I find it really interesting as greats such as Bach, Mozart, etc used it to improvise and make music. Also today's musicians that focus ...
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Example of Partimento for improvisation?

I was watching this video about improvisation on partimento. In the video in the bottom I see terms such as Parstorella, Clausula ottocento, Scalino 7.1, Phantom Lancia, Queiscenza 1. What are those ...
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Did Bach use the Partimento technique?

I was researching techniques used in classical improvisation. And I keep coming across two terms. One is "Partimento". Which is an Italian method of improvising on a bass line. Another is "The Rule of ...
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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 [closed]

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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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 ...