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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Piano CPE Bach - Solfegietto - cross-hand playing style?

Many years ago, my piano teacher taught me a cool variation to this piece whereby I cross my hands over to play for one or two measures. I don't remember exactly which part though. All I remember is ...
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Pre-requisite to analyze classical music [closed]

First, I'm sorry for my poor English. I enjoy listening to classical music. According to Schiff's analysis of Beethoven's Sonata, It seems that classical music has a certain form, so if any note ...
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What is it precisely in the music that makes you a 'Neoclassical' Composer?

I'm a little confused by what is meant we when say the 'Neoclassicism ' movement. Particularly this phrase from the official Wiki page. Neoclassicism was an aesthetic trend rather than an organized ...
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Does Bach's lute partita BWV 997 Sarabande also appear as an orchestral piece?

I am practicing the Bach lute suites and I am aware that a few of them also appear as works for other instruments (BWV 1000 is also the fugue from the first violin sonata, for example). My question is ...
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What does ‘Unis’ mean?

I’m reading through the study score for Tchaikovsky’s Pathétique. There’s an indication I am unsure of. They refer to the Strings section. (unis.) After a Google, I discovered several players in a ...
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Voicing in the Finale of Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 6 “Pathétique”

In the opening bars of the last movement of Tchaikovsky's 6th, the strings have some four-part writing with a melody "F# E D C# B C#." However, the score reveals that the first and second ...
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Is it worthwhile to buy good accessories for a cheap violin

I'm a self-teaching violinist. I bought my violin 3 years ago and have been practicing since than. I'm a highschool student, so I don't have much time to practice, so I'm slow at learning it. (I'm ...
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Why is Beethoven said to be the greatest composer of all time? [closed]

I have always found that there is unanimity in establishing that Beethoven has been the most important composer of all time. In the words of the Encyclopædia Britannica, for example, "The German ...
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Why did baroque music use percussion abundantly, but classical stopped?

Classical music evolved from baroque music, which in turn evolved from Renaissance music. Both baroque and even more so Renaissance make extensive use of percussion. It is certainly not new to ...
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Is it commonplace to add further instrumentation to an already published composers work?

There's a really strange sounding instrument, similar to the one you once heard at school aged about seven in your very first music lesson. The only noise one can compare it to is the sound of horse ...
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Piano exercises to memorize “spacing”

I just started learning piano a few months ago and I'm getting along well, but the one issue I'm having is I can't seem to "find" certain notes. For example, on Für Elise, while looking up I ...
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How is this note playing (Scriabin Op. 42 No. 5)

I have a question about this E double sharp pointed below: As far as I know, E double sharp equals F sharp, but watching different videos I see this note is played as natural F. Can you please ...
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Ludwig van Beethoven “complete” 722 works in Chronological Order

It is known that "The compositions of Ludwig van Beethoven consist of 722 works". However, only about 138 of these works have Op opus numbers. about 228 (till WoO 228b) have WoO numbers. (...
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How to practice this kind of complex tuplet structures appeared in Scriabin's Poem Op.32 and his Etude Op.42 No.2?

Recently, I have put a lot of efforts in practicing Scriabin's Poem Op.32 No.1 and his Etude Op.42 No.2. But I've found it really hard to master the complex rhythm structures. In bar 16 of his poem ...
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Number of beats doesn't match time signature - how to play this?

I have a question about sheet music for D. Scarlatti's sonata K56. The time signature of the piece is 12/8, but in the very first measure there are actually 12.5 beats in the upper staff, including ...
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Pros and Cons of playing oversimplified classical music pieces?

Most easy classical music pieces simplified for beginners have different key signatures from the original. What are the pros and cons (especially) of playing them before playing the original scores ...
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Why is 'Narrative Music' not considered 'complete/absolute'?

I have recently become obsessed with HECTOR BERLIOZ. His Symphonie Fantastique is tremendous. This made me research him further when I was disturbed to find out the following: ...
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Why do some people not recognise Gilbert & Sullivan as part of classical music? [closed]

Though G&S have influenced and helped start musical theatre, I'd still consider them part of classical, they reflect romanticism in their work and have everything an opera from the other composers ...
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Is there a definitive list of forms for classical music?

I am creating a classical Music song scraper, that takes disparate file names, ascertains its properties, and rewrites their titles in a uniform way and identifiable way. Some examples of the ...
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Why does Rachmaninoff Symphony 2 mvmt. 3 sound so similar to Tchaikovsky's Romeo and Juliet love theme?

I get that they were both meant to convey love, but to me it sounds too similar to be a coincidence that Rach and Tchaik both hear love as the same (especially that rising line in the violins). Why is ...
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Word for the list of compositions of a Classical composer?

Either I'm being stupid or my brain is not working properly... Is there a word for the list of compositions of a Classical composer? I can only think of 'discography' for a performer but that's not ...
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Strange piano fingering

In a piano piece I am studying (Bourlesq in G Major, bar 10), I encountered a counterintuitive fingering (two notes separated by a tone have to be played with fingers 1 and 4). Is it a mistake from ...
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What does “Bourlesq” mean?

I found an anonymous piano piece entitled "Bourlesq in G Major". http://www.sheetmusic2print.com/Notebook-Wolfgang-Mozart/Bourlesq.aspx What is a Bourlesq? What English term would be an equivalent?
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What is the word to describe the aspect of a chord being either minor or major?

I am looking for the noun that is the thing that is either major or minor in respect to a chord such as a triad. I suppose it could also be an adjective. It would be 'x' in the following question: "...
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What is sufficient information to identify a classical music piece?

I am a software engineer, and I am downloading Public Domain Classical Music. The original filenames are an inconsistent mess, and I would like to correct that. I have some metadata at my disposal, ...
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Serialism and the the twelve-tone period

I'm really confused about 'Serial composers'. While studying Igor Stravinsky, in his later life, he was regarded as a 'Serial composer'. I would love to know if composers despised this categorisation ...
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Why are keys changed away from the original in some orchestral pieces

I have noticed recently, take this piece for example, The Thieving Magpie Overture by Rossini. There seems to be several versions in different keys. Why are versions made that are different to the ...
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how to read quarter notes and half notes in 3/4 time?

I have a question about reading sheet music for pieces in 3/4 time signature. Attached is a bar in the bass clef from Waltz No. 2, Shostakovitch which has one dotted half note (D) and two quarter ...
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In what language-level in Chomsky's hierarchy would the chord-progressions of classical music be categorized?

Formal languages In language-theory and grammar-theory, a language is the output generated by a grammar. Let's say "the grammar" is the rules and "the language" is the sentences and words that may ...
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What is the difference between Finalist and Winner in music competition? Why sometimes there is no winner at all? [duplicate]

Take Clara Haskil Piano Competition (link) for example, there is no winner in some year. Is that because the finalisst didn't play well? I watch their performances on YouTube and they are actually ...
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Rules for key changes

On reading my new theory book I have come across a very interesting passage on Keys Change. Here are the rules: When the music changes keys, it changes to a closely related key Closest related key is ...
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How do I progress without a cello teacher during COVID lockdowns?

I’ve been playing cello for four years now and I want to get better, but I don’t know how. I started playing when I was placed in the wrong course at school and I ended up in the experienced class ...
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Beethoven Piano Sonata No. 28 vs. Cold Mountain- Ada Plays

I am intrigued and puzzled by these two pieces of music and their similarities: Beethoven - Piano Sonata No. 28 1st movement in A major, Op. 101 This one is in A ...
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Why is Baroque composition called “more complex” than Classical composition?

I've been researching the difference between Baroque and Classical and every time it mentions that the former is far more complex than the latter. Looking at the two most prominent composers in both ...
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What is the preferred order of practicing Bach Sonatas and Partitas for solo violin? [closed]

As a violinist, it's always been hard for me to come up with an order of practicing Bach Sonatas and Partitas (BWV 1001-1006). I also know that it's not all about playing, and expression is the key ...
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A question about Liszt's sonata in b minor

I’m doing a studying about Liszt's sonata in b minor. In the andante sostenuto part (and many other parts) Liszt used F sharp major (or D sharp minor). I still can’t comprehend why. Is it because it ...
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Availability of side-by-side line-by-line English-Italian…opera libretti

We've been taking advantage of the Met Opera's daily showings Met Opera viewings --and I particularly enjoy them when I have side-by-side line-by-line English-Italian (French, Russian...) libretti ...
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What is the music played at the very beginning of this YouTube clip? [closed]

I'm wondering what is the music played from 00:00 to 00:18 there ?
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Music in religious movies

Whenever I listen to The Tallis Fantasia by Ralph Vaughan Williams I am reminded of music scores from classic religious films or religious scenes from other films. What is it about this music that ...
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Chinese music theory. How to learn?

Introduction: I started to practice Erhu(二胡) about half a year ago and I have about 7 years experience in acoustic guitar. I'm from Europe, so traditional Chinese music is quite different in ...
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Piano Repertoire List

I'm a senior in high school, getting ready to start college this fall. I'm majoring in music so I am trying to put together a repertoire list and need some advice on how to construct it. Here are ...
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How to finish the bar with rests

Can you help me check these two bars? Did I finish the bars correctly? Or I should not have these dotted eighth- note?
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Was Sviatoslav Richter using the pedal in his recordings for Well-Tempered Clavier? [closed]

Was Sviatoslav Richter using the pedal in his recordings for Well-Tempered Clavier ? I'm not able to listen if he is using it or not. (Since I like his way of playing,...
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what is this cord containing C#,F#,D

In the 41st bar of the Toccata of Bach's 6th Partita for keyboard, the first cord is C#,F#,D. This seems rather odd to me so I'd like to know what this cord is. I suspect the C# is a suspension from ...
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What does this dot and bemol mean?

I am really cofused. Thank you for your answer by now.
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What does “D.” stand for? [duplicate]

Today I listened to Schubert's Piano Quintet in A major, D. 667. I can't find anywhere that says what the "D." stands for. Secondly why abbreviate something and make it impossible to find what the ...
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What style of music is this repeating bass figure? [closed]

Throughout the song, there is a reocurring pattern of 2 consecutive measures in 4/4. The first measure has 3 consecutive quarter notes in a pattern like F, F#, G with a quarter rest following to ...
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Example of antecedent and consequent phrase with chords?

I am having trouble understanding the antecedent phrase (ends with a weak cadence) and the consequent phrase (ends with a strong cadence) (first and second parts, respectively of the "period") in the ...
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How to read 9th measure of Debussy's Clair de Lune?

Its time signature is 9/8, so as far as I understand there should be the equivalent of nine quavers [eighth notes] in each measure, but I see there are only eight of them here. How should I play this ...
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Are there any beginner violin method books with an emphasis on classical music? [closed]

I started violin a week ago and I'm using Essential Elements 1 for violin. Skimming through the book, I see a lot of short random songs. Ultimately, I would like to play standard violin repertoire ...

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