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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Modulating from A-flat major to C major (Beethoven)

The second movement (Andante con moto) of Beethoven's Fifth Symphony begins serenely in A-flat major; then, almost without warning, it switches to a triumphant theme in C major. The modulation is ...
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On Bach' fourteen canons

I read from this article that The discovery of the Fourteen Canons (BWV 1087) on the inner side of the back cover of his own copy (hereafter referred to as the ...
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What is a duplex

In this article Surface Topology in Bach Canons, I: The Möbius strip the author wrote that Canon 5 is described by Bach as a duplex, a 4: there are 4 voices singing two canons in parallel. Could ...
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Stylistically appropriate triplet interpretation of dotted eighth-sixteenth

[First time using ABC notation and I'm working on a phone. Bear with me] I recall from my private lesson days that when I see X:1 %%score (RH) (LH) V:RH clef=treble V:LH clef=bass L:1/8 K:C [V:RH] ...
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What are all the themes in the finale of Mozart's symphony 41?

I'm interested in learning more about the finale to Mozart's 41st symphony. I understand that there is a fugue with five themes, and that each of these themes are played at different times in the ...
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Use of diminished—major seventh chords

Could someone please describe how and when a diminished-major chord would be used. How would one lead up to it, resolve it, and are there any rules about inversions with it? An explained example usage ...
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Classical chord naming of D#/F

I was playing the piano today and made up chord progression: Fm, D#/F, A#, Fm in 4/4. And I was wondering if D#/F is a propee classical name for the chord, because logically it was an F7sus2+11(no5) ...
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How hard is Tchaikovsky's first piano Concerto? [closed]

I would someday like to learn Tchaikovsky's first Piano Concerto, and I am wondering how difficult it really is. It seems to have a reputation for being one of the hardest pieces there is, is this ...
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Circumflex in classical guitar notation

Playing a piece called "Romanze" by Johann Kaspar Mertz (from one of the Bardenklänge books), I noticed there is a circumflex written next to some chords: The excerpt is taken from page 6 (IMSLP ...
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Is it possible to modify classical piano piece to be played in four hands? [closed]

I'm currently doing a research and would like to know if classical piano pieces could be modified by the players to be suitable for four hands piano.
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Guidelines for men singing “women's” songs (and vice versa)

In the classical repertoire, there are some works where gender "roles" seem to be fluid, but others where they are not. For instance, Schubert's Winterreise is performed by both men and women. ...
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Create pickup bar for one instrument only (example provided)

we got an assignment in class to create a Sibelius score from PDF file. Now I was wondering how I can create a pickup bar only for the "Continuo" instrument. And how it's possible to shift the barline ...
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What exactly is the bell used in Paganini's 2nd violin concerto and how should one play it?

Paganini's Violin Concerto No.2, Op.7 has a part for a "Campanello (Little Bell in F#)" in the 3rd movement, which is also the movement's namesake - "La Campanella". In a bit of research I've done, ...
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Naming schemes in classical music

For example, I know of two Carulli pieces named Andante Grazioso: Op 241 II nr 1 and Op 211 nr 2 but there are probably many more. What does the names like Andante (Grazioso), Anglais, Minuet, ...
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Question on harmonizing melodies

In the melody to Twinkle Twinkle Little Star there are places with two notes of the same pitch in a row. So far I have only studied harmonizing (four-part harmony) melodies without the same pitch in a ...
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Number of instruments for the work

So I came along this lesser-known composition by Beethoven, "Cantata on the Death of Emperor Joseph II. And wondered how many instruments did this work score for. Like for example, you have 3 flutes, ...
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Resonating of the human body and instrument

I was thinking about humans- and any other objects resonating. I myself have played classical violin for the last nine years. And just few years ago after I stopped growing, I’ve noticed that my body ...
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How many measures/bars per staff?

Also does it vary on the time signature? I see that some have two bars some have four as well, Also when there is a new staff created underneath a previous one, is there a name for it like placing ...
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What is the name of this musical scale? [closed]

In the last photo of this instagram video there is a music scale What is the name of this musical scale?
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Tonal Harmony - Does a classical composer ever use the #6 chord in minor?

In melodic minor you get a #6 (and #7) ascending. Do composers commonly use the #6 to build a chord on? Are there exceptions? So in a min you'd get an diminished triad like (F# A C) which would ...
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What is really the piece called Suite No. 2 by W.A. Mozart?

I've gotten my hands on an arrangement by Simeon Bellison for clarinet quartet * of a Suite No. 2 / W.A. Mozart. This surprised me because Mozart didn't complete any suites as far as I know. I checked ...
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Can ground basses vary at all?

So I'm writing a composition with a ground bass, and I'm wondering whether there are any examples of classical music, where the ground bass varies in tune. I've seen several example of them that ...
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Where can I find a composition teacher?

I live in Southwestern California just some 100 miles away from the Arizona border and have played piano since I was 8 years old. I'm 16 now and have been self-taught since age 14. I want to take my ...
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What exactly is the difference between arranging a piece of music and composing it?

I was always under the impression that the composer wrote the piece, and the "arranger" was the one who made it "fuller" by arranging additional instruments for the piece, adding chords behind the ...
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How do you count the time signatures of classical music?

i'm trying to begin writing simple classical pieces but i don't want the movement to have a standard 4/4 feel. does a piece like gustav mahler - piano quartet in a minor have a time signature? if so,...
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How is initial “ps” pronounced in ecclesiastical Latin?

There are several ways to pronounce Latin. Ecclesiastical Latin is the one used when singing sacred music. I've found several guides for how to pronounce ecclesiastical Latin, but none have described ...
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Numbers, letters and words on top of guitar music score notes

I'm trying to play 'Gran Vals' by Tarrega, and the music score has several letters accompanied by a number on top of the notes, for example: C.2a_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ __ _ In some cases there are ...
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Classical Guitar stringing and tuning

I am going to record a new songs and to be well prepared I changed my strings, the way I stretch them is to set them and wind them two step higher than normal E strings to sol#note A ti do# and etc... ...
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How to play the violin and read the sheet music at the same time [closed]

I can't play violin and read sheet music at the same time. How can I learn this?
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I want to learn the Indian flute (Bansuri). Is there any site where I can learn how to play this instrument? [closed]

Recently I started listening Indian classical music and I love the music of the Bansuri, an Indian flute. I want to learn how to play it. Do you know of any site where I can learn the Indian flute? I ...
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Score for orchestra tuning

I was talking this monring about Cage's 4:33 and I mentioned that I'd love to see a score for an orchestra tuning. It's one of the most recognisable sounds in concerts and has many distinctive musical ...
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Fingering on Fantaisie-Impromptu

What fingering is more appropriate to use at Chopin Fantaisie Impromptu op. 66 at the second F# in right hand ? In most editions I've read (like this one) I saw 5fth finger. I know that fingerings ...
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Do classical musicians edit takes together?

I found a couple of pages that all suggest classical recordings range from slightly to extremely spliced: https://www.gearslutz.com/board/remote-possibilities-acoustic-music-location-recording/389092-...
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A question on Staccato in the end of a slur (piano playing)

A staccato note in the end of a slur( 1) A normal staccato note(2) question Do I play the (1) the same as (2)?
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Is there any classical precursor to boogie woogie?

It is often been said (rather too simplistically in many cases) that jazz is a combination of European and African practices. I am interested particularly in classical piano techniques that have been ...
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Where does a “cresc. ” begin (end)?

I'm curious about the "cresc." sign . which one is getting louder , no.1 or no.2? and when does this cresc. end ? Does it end until the next sign come out ?
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Gaspard de la Nuit: Scarbo fingering

Does anyone have any suggestions for fingering and for practicing the scale-run at measure 228 in Scarbo? I am working on all three movements and have had particular trouble with this quick run. I ...
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What is the finger technique for harmonium?

I have gone through many website to learn the finger technique for harmonium. But all they mention is the technique same as keyboard. e.g. start from c -1 d -2 e -3 f- 1 g- 2 a- 3 b 4- c-5 , 1 is ...
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What factors should be considered when planning a recital program

Question is mentioned in the title, any help would be great! It would be nice if you could also explain why certain pieces are seldom publicly performed in comparison to certain pieces that are ...
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Digital touch sensitive keyboard just for learning new music

I have a Steinway baby grand which I practice on at home but there are times I cannot use it because of other people in the house. I only play classical music. I'm thinking of buying a touch ...
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Does anyone have any sources I could use to talk about who influenced Bach?

I am writing an essay about the synthesis of music theory Bach used to create his own music theory, especially in his fugal works. Any help would be appreciated, but if people could provide sources ...
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Is there a technical name for a piece of music played as alternate style?

Is there a technical name for a piece of music played in an alternate style? For example: in a documentary I saw a savant child play a sonata of Beethoven as if Mozart would have played it. Most of ...
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Are these “power chords” in a classical composition?

I've been trying to figure out the chord progression from the beginning of this Mussorgsky piece (orchestrated by Shostakovich, link below) and I'm just curious if I'm getting things right. The chords ...
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Is there a specific name for music that sounds like it has no rests?

Example: Prelude no. 2 from Bach’s “Well-Tempered Clavier”. That piece sounds like it has no rests. It’s a constant flow of music the entire time. I love pieces like that. I want to know if there’s a ...
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Fauxbourdon in minor - examples from actual compositions

Dimitri Tymoczko has a very nice overview of fauxbourdon harmony in this syllabus. While he gives several example for fauxbourdon in major, he doesn't give examples for minor. I don't know of any ...
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Did baroque composers think of ritardando on their compositions?

I've been always told that whenever I play any baroque piece on the piano, I should take special care when attending to, for example, the amount of right pedal I should use. It sounded perfectly ...
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Brahms Hungarian Dances

Wondering are the twenty or so dances from Brahms Hungarian Dances are they really dances? I was searching on this subject nothing could point me that are dances only to the name. If they're not real ...
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Sub-canon within a canon?

In a canon, a piece usually starts from one melody and expands into several. Is it possible to create sort of sub-canons within the piece? Say I came up with an idea in the middle of the piece that I ...
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I'm totally new to classical guitar, I see people playing barre chords

How are these barre chords notated on sheet music? Do you just do a barre chord if you want? I just want to make sure sure, if it's a minor chord/major chord, do you play a major/minor chord?
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Meaning of sfr on sheet music

I have seen this on sheet music before But cannot find any definion of what it means. If you can tell me that would be great.