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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Penultimate chord in Messiaen's Regard du Pere seems to break the pattern

I have a question about a particular chord in “Regard du Pere,” the first piece in the Vingt Regards Sur L'Enfant Jesus by Messiaen. I am using the 1947 Editions Durand and don’t know of any other ...
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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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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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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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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 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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What is Voice Leading?

In both classical music and jazz, we often encounter the concept of voice leading. What is it?
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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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How can I get a violin sound from my electric guitar?

I have composed a modern classical piece of music which has sections for violins, cellos, some horns and percussion. The problem is that I did all of that using an electric guitar, so I actually don't ...
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Chinese music theory. How to learn? [closed]

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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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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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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Diminished seventh cadence, is this an IAC or a PAC?

I have seen a few cadences where the only dominant function chord used cadentially is a diminished seventh, mainly resolving to root position tonic, though I have seen a few resolve to an inverted ...
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Sources for analysis of Bach fugues?

I've been working on Bach's Sonata #1 for Solo Violin (BWV 1001) and I have concluded that I would benefit from some sort of analysis of the Fugue. In particular, something that shows every point and ...
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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 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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Why do string players tend to breathe heavily in performance?

Recently, I've started to develop an interest in classical music, specifically chamber music and, more specifically, piano trios. Having listened to a few performances now, I can't help but notice ...
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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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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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What words should be used to describe “mathematically precise” music?

Imagine you are working with a fugue of Bach or any other composers, which is well-written, clever, and perfect. Such music: Uses the minimal amount of thematic material. Includes very clever ...
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Tempo conservation with Time Signature Change, How to notate this for Classical Musicians?

So, I am writing a Scherzo in the key of Eb major for a string quartet. And I was just thinking about what to do for the B section of my Scherzo, both in key and time signature. I was thinking that ...
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When to use different type of chords in composition?

I want to know when to use (i.e., situation and feel) different type of chords listed below. Could you please help me to know that? Major - Bright - Happy Feeling, Minor - Dull - Sad feeling, ...
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Any classical music written for dancing?

I thought about it the other day - Virtually all popular music in the 20th century was written for the dance floor. Is there any classical music written specifically for dances? I think I don't know ...
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Are Mazurkas a folk or classical form of music? I am asking from an ethnomusicological perspective

I am taking a course in ethnomusicology and I am asking this question from an anthropological perspective. I have to make a presentation on a folk music form from Europe and since I have learned a few ...
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Music theory-Ornaments-TURN [closed]

Which of the given options would be correct for the turn ornament shown in the piece of music.
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Has Bela Bartok influenced Jazz tremendously?

Bela Bartok rediscovered Modal scales from eastern Europe. Lydian, Phrygian, etc... What I was wondering was.... was it the first time that these scales were rediscovered and went into mainstream ...
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Classical examples of a 'fifth voice' or 'ghost soprano'

There is an interesting phenomenon in choral (and perhaps also instrumental?) singing in which typically four voices are arranges in such a way that a 'fifth voice' or 'ghost voice' can be heard. It ...
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Problems composing transitions and bridge passages

Background: I have been composing orchestral sketches (non-professionally) for some time now. I see the progress and notice, that everything becomes much simpler after practicing multiple hours a day (...
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How to express in sheet music that pedals and dynamics are “on” the performer

I transcribe music into sheet music. In a piece of music I am working on it is imperative that the performer him/herselves decides how he/she uses piano pedals and dynamics (the music must be '...
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Classical music example for seamless transition from one section to other with changing keys

As a search for specific questions for this broad question (Changing key in a song convincingly), I am asking for "mainstream" classical music examples (pre-modern era and movie scores can be included!...
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Did classical composers typically modulate using the circle of fifths?

I read somewhere that classical composers modulate using a fifth. I think they did this because it's the smoothest key change as scales only differ between one note when they do that. So was that the ...
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When does one omit the fifth in V7 chord in classical harmony?

The textbooks on classical harmony that I have read (Leo Semlek, "Klassikalise harmoonia lühiõpik" ["A Short Textbook on Classical Harmony"] and "Klassikalise harmoonia õpik" ["A Textbook on Classical ...
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Music for the British Royal Family

Other than Benjamin Britten's God Save the Queen (and excluding modern pop and rock music) are there any other pieces of classical music (CPP, or 20th/21st Century) which are strongly linked (either ...
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Should I keep the piano part “self content” when writing a trio?

I am recently writing a piano trio. At first, I treated every part (piano L, piano R, flute, cello) as independent parts of a little "orchestra" and only consider the harmony as a whole. As a result, ...
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How did composers “test” their music?

How did composers "test" their music, especially in multi-instrument works (eg. chamber, orchestra) or in pieces for instruments they didn't know how to play? Did they really have an orchestra (for ...
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Please can I have examples of classical music vocal pieces for a trio [closed]

I am recently singing in a group consisting of me (a tenor), an alto and a soprano. We are looking for classical pieces to sing. I have searched the internet and cannot seem to find anything! Does ...
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Hindemith's Traditional harmony Book 1, Chapter II, rule 1

I recently started working my way through Hindemith's Traditional harmony Book 1 on my own. The instructions are short and simple, but sometimes too much so for a self-learner. I have reached ...
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Concertos vs Symphonies

I'm writing a paper to compare Vivaldi's Concerto for Two Mandolins with Haydn's "Surprise" in G Major. And I came across something interesting while researching concertos and symphonies. My question ...
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Unintentional plagiarism while composing

I have recently started composing using some knowledge that I got after a few months of studying counterpoint and harmony (well it is more like trying to compose). And I have mentioned that quite ...
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Technique for Gretchen am Spinnrade - Schubert/Liszt

I'm having a fair crack at learning "Gretchen am Spinnrade" which is the Lizst arrangement of the famous Schubert Lieder work. I would ask advice of any accomplished pianist that knows either the ...
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How do we know what classical (older) music actually sounded like

This is some kind of a complementary question to Are there any composer instructions on how to play a melody? How can we (in modern times) know how a piece of classical music was actually intended to ...
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English translation of Brahms' essay: “Octaven und Quinten”?

I am now doing some research on Brahm's essay, Octaven u. Quinten. I cannot read German, so I cannot do anything with the original manuscript. I have read some secondary sources about this essay, but ...
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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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Some numbers in notation, what does it mean and how do I replicate it in Guitar Pro?

I am trying to copy a page of (guitar) music notation to Guitar Pro, but I am a bit confused about what the numbers above ( "4" "3" "2" "3") and numbers in circles ("3" "2") mean... as well as how do ...
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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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Why does the leading tone (G#) go to E rather than A in this example?

Why does the leading tone (G#) go to E rather than A in this example?
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What are the typical trumpet parts in classical music?

So I'm a pianist looking at one of my favorite concertos ever, the Rachmaninoff 2. I had been listening to some symphonic works prior to it, so for some reason I noticed that in the concerto, there ...
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Classical Guitar Exercises for Proper Tab Fingering? [closed]

Related: Figuring the Classical Fingering from Sheet Music Are there any classical guitar exercises, (for classical music), that also include the Tab as well as proper frettting-hand fingering ...

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