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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What is taught about Indian classical music in university-level music courses in your country? [closed]

I am aware that Indian classical music is not systematically taught at educational institutions outside South Asia. I just want to know what/how much is taught about it to students as part of their ...
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Does the tune of hymn ‘With Harps and with Viols’ derive from Mendelssohn’s Symphony #5 scherzo?

The tune for hymn With ‘Harps and with Viols’ was written by Philip Bliss in 1874: Mendelssohn wrote his Symphony #5, ‘Reformation’ in 1830, including this scherzo as ...
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Question about the abbreviation for 2 instruments in an orchestra score

I'm learning an orchestra score and I'm really new to that. I'm figuring out what instruments are included in this score, and I get most of them (correct me if there is any mistake). However, I'm ...
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How do I start a new phrase whilst modulating? [closed]

Hi guys, I have recently been composing and have run into an issue. I have finished a section with a perfect cadence (bar 52), and I would like to change to the subdominant key for the next phrase (...
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Can you tonicize to a chord that's not on the original key?

I had a discussion with a few people on Chopin's Nocturne in B-flat minor. We couldn't reach an agreement and I'm curious how people would analyze it. In the middle section of the piece (which is in ...
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Which test or qualification in music can provide a degree which is equivalent to a Bachelor's degree?

I have heard about ABRSM levels which the level 8 is equal to music diploma. But I want to know if there is any higher test levels which equals to a bachelor of music Thanks
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Did Rachmaninoff make his pieces hard to perform to challenge the pianist?

I'm not sure if this question belongs here, so I apologise if it doesn't. When when I was in high school, I was really into Rachmaninoff's pieces. My teacher once heard me trying to learn one of his ...
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What is the proper way to check for parallels when using multiple ncts and chord tones between two chords in a chord progression?

Let's say I have a two chord progression written in four-part harmony that consists of a I chord and a V6 chord in the scale of C major in 4/4 time. The bottom 3 notes (Alto, Tenor, Bass) of both ...
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How to go about writing multiple melody notes in between chords

In my music theory instruction, we are taught how to utilize one nct between two chords in a chord progression (i.e. check voices for direct and hidden parallel fifths and octaves between chords on ...
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What harmonic idea is being used in Measures 9-12 and 17-19 in "Recuerdos De La Alhambra? "

I have done some harmonic analysis on Francisco Tárrega's “Recuerdos De La Alhambra”, as you can see below. Most of it makes sense to me, but there are sections in measures 9-12 and 17-19 that the ...
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Drawing on Classical Guitar with Open Pore Finish

this might be a somewhat naive question, but I am curious if using some type of permanent marker to draw on a classical guitar with an open pore finish will cause any issues? I'd like to give it a go, ...
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Do the touch, feel and weight of the keys matter to play classical music?

My question is really about the importance of quality of piano keys in perspective of playing hardcore classical pieces (i.e.- gaspard de la nuit) like how much it matters - the touch sensitivity, ...
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Is there any software to convert carnatic vocal/instrumental music to swaras notation i.e., written musical notation? [closed]

I want to convert vocal music rendition into carnatic musical notations ( sa re g ma pa ..). I tried searching for such tools but there are only softwares for western music, where they convert ...
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Why does my singing voice sound squeeky [closed]

Most of the times I sing on pitch but still my singing sounds extremely dull. . How can I fix this ?
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Was Paganini the slash of the late 18 century and Stardivarius the Ferrari and Guarneri the Lamborghini of luthiers? [closed]

Would you rate Paganini the Slash of the late 18 century and Stradivarius the Ferrari and Guarneri the Lamborghini of luthiers ?
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I'm a singer struggling with tempo and time

I'm a singer with a decent voice and technique, I also used to play the violin so I can read classical sheet music and sight-read pretty well. However, I've always struggled with counting. I have no ...
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Piano sight-reading confusion [duplicate]

everyone. I am a beginner pianist and I am to improve my technical and sight-reading skills. I have been sight-reading Primavera - Ludovico Einaudi for the past week and I came across something odd. ...
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When does this extract change key? (Roman Numeral Analysis of Greene: 'Ode on St Cecilia's Day')

Quick question regarding bar 3 in this figured bass exercise. We start off in D minor. The introduction of C naturals in bar 3, along with the fact we finish the piece in the relative FM, seems to ...
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Melody harmonisation: How to handle leaps?

I am currently harmonising a melody- the last three bars of the phrase are shown in the picture. The melody is in the alto part, and it finishes the phrase with a large leap down to G. I would like to ...
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Does "the original" Dies Irae show up in Verdi?

Does Verdi's (or Mozart's) famous Dies Irae draw on the original plainchant melody in any less obvious way, or does it just use the text?
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Why do I always hear the Zelda theme in Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto in D Major?

In the first movement of Tchaikovsky's Op. 35, Violin Concerto in D Major, in the very soft part at the middle of the song (07:19 in this Yehudi Menuhin recording), I've always heard the Zelda theme. ...
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How to imitate the sound of other instruments with piano

Playing classical music on an acoustic piano, one is often required to imitate the sound of other instruments in order to create different atmospheres. This is especially the case in the music of ...
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Four part writing: How to treat the 7th over static harmony?

My example: The harmony in bar 28 is C sharp half dim 7. On the off beat of beat 2, I have root C sharp (repeated harmony note- tenor part [alto clef]), sounding at the same time as the 7th B (aux ...
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Does it have a name what John Williams is doing in these pieces (and lots of others)?

I noticed a very common thing John Williams does. My knowledge in music theory is pretty limited. The only thing I could name are lots of passing notes and chromaticism? - but maybe there is a special ...
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Four part writing: Does quality and amount of dissonances affect use of non harmony notes?

Still writing four part. I have found that, even if dissonances are prepared and resolved by the book, they can still be quite jarring. So, I was wondering if it is normal to take extra factors into ...
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How else is Girls' Generation "Into the New World" related to Dvorak's Symphony No. 9 in E minor, "From the New World"? [closed]

I've been listening to Into the New World (song) since 2008. But I didn't realize until today that Mindblown. : SNSD the opening phrase in ITNW contains the same sequence of notes as the first theme ...
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Piano - Reaching arpeggios in Beethoven's Pathetique 3rd movement measure 107

If I start the piece from a neutral position in relation to my left hand I find that when I get to the arpeggios in measure 107 I can't comfortably reach them with my right hand. If I start the piece ...
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Does tempo affect use of non-harmony notes?

Writing a four part piece for strings at a very slow tempo (55 bpm). On paper, it seems as though the non-chord notes I have selected should work, but I am finding some of them jarring. I am unsure if ...
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What do (P5) and (P6) mean? (Guitar)

Nocturne (Noturno) Op.9, No. 2 by Chopin. Tarrega's version, revised by Edson Lopes. In bars 18 and 19. P(5) and P(6) are written below the music. They are repeated throughout the piece with the same ...
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How could I get my Classical Music Compositions published and known?

I'm a first timer on this site. Have patience and mercy with me. For years I've been a professor, performer and Conductor. I'm a composer, not that many would know, I'm on my 711th opus. All classical ...
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What are the trends that led to fizzling of ars antiqua and rising of ars nova?

What is the trends that led to the fizzling of ars antique and to the rising of ars nova?
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sharp ii dim 7th: How to use?

Still here and working on part-writing. I have used a sharp ii dim7th chord, straight after iihalfdim7- leading to V. Is this actually the right place to put it in terms of chord sequence/harmonic ...
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What is the purpose of the first movement in Moonlight Sonata?

As someone inexperienced in formal music theory, I wonder what the purpose of the first movement of Moonlight Sonata is. Whenever I listen to Moonlight Sonata, I feel like skipping directly past the ...
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Questions about Renaissance music notation

I see that in Renaissance music printings, the noteheads are diamond and square shaped as opposed to circular, and the stem for each note comes up or down from the middle instead of from one side (I'...
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What piece (possibly by Chopin) begins with the scale e,f#,g#,a,b,c,d,e? [closed]

My mom played a piece from memory that started with a run of this scale. She knew it from her youth and never remembered the title. She thought maybe Chopin, but I've unsuccessfully searched. She has ...
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Four part writing: How to voice augmented 6th chords?

I have recently started adding augmented 6th chords to my part writing. As far as I can tell, I have not broken any harmonic rules in the displayed voicing, yet it does not sound right to me. Just ...
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What is this very long pipe instrument?

In at 15:25 there is a very long pipe instrument with no holes. It is supposedly a folk instrument from Argentina since the piece is Misa Criolla by Ramirez, which ...
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Why do the members of one orchestra generally sway while playing, and the others don't?

I'm listening/watching to two videos on YouTube with two different orchestras, each playing a rather distinct style of music, but the members of one really seem to get into the physicality of playing ...
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Is a section of Prelude from the JSB Partita No. 3 for Violin Solo (BWV 1006) commonly repeated or missing from the score?

I am trying to learn this solo, but to better my sounds, I am trying to play along to a recording once I get it down with a metronome. IN measure 58 there seems to be a repeat, however, in every ...
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Four part writing: How to voice diminished 7th chords?

I am currently doing part writing, and have come into a bit of a conundrum. I want to use a sharp 4 dim 7 (Fsharpdim7), to link up my IV chord (FM) to my V7 chord (G7). I know that 7ths should usually ...
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Four part writing problem: tripled root solution. what is best practice here?

I have hit a problem with this chord change in my four part writing. We are in A minor. The VI chord is in first inversion, so A must be in the bass. (I have made a mistake in the figure. the VI ...
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What are the ornaments in the western music and their corresponding ornaments in Indian music?

I am learning to play the different ornaments in western music (Trill, Tremolo, Turn, Appoggiatura, Acciaccatura, Glissando, Slide). I also want to know which are the corresponding ornaments in Indian ...
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Classical Guitar: Can someone reference this piece of music allegedly by Carulli

In my classical guitar book "Klassiker der Gitarre", edited by Martin Rätz, there is a piece which is attributed to Fernando Carulli. It has the title "Sonate" (Sonata) and the ...
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Chants in Renaissance vocal music

In notice that in some vocal works composed during the Renaissance, especially masses, long chunks of music (sometimes the whole piece) are preceded by a monophonic, often short chant which is ...
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Do the world-renowned classical composers ever seriously modify their compositions after their works got published by publishers?

Do the world-renowned classical composers ever seriously or in minor ways modify their music compositions after their works got published by publishers and after their works are already openly ...
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Small bore trombone in philharmonic orchestra - Berlioz symphonie fantastique

I was listening to this recording of Berlioz symphony by the French orchestra "Orchestre philharmonique de Radio France". After having a laugh about the clarinetist suffering from the ...
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A romantic era piece has a baroque era title: how does one determine the style?

J. Danbé's "Petite Gavotte" (ca. 1888) for violin and piano seems to be baroque mainly because of the title, "Gavotte", which was a common baroque dance. But I can't find any ...
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Is it reasonable to expect a non-percussionist to play a simple triangle part?

If all the percussionists are occupied playing more demanding parts, would it be reasonable to expect someone in a nearby section not playing anything to, e.g., play a clear sustained triangle hit on ...
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On classical guitar, I press one string and it affects the adjacent open string that is needed for the chord or apreggio [duplicate]

I want to fret one string and use the adjacent string as an open string, but there is no way on earth that my finger can NOT touch the open string. I think I'm a pretty normal adult. I've seen people ...
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If the conductor went missing post-rehearsal....?

I know that the Kronos Quartet do not use a conductor, and a lot of "modern classical" music doesn't use one. For example, I don't think I've ever seen a conductor at a performance of a ...

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