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· An important part of the activities of humankind since the beginning of recorded history. · Today music plays a vital and important role in the lives of human beings. · It is found everywhere in our world. · One more stimulus in the vast ocean of stimuli gathered by our senses daily.
Montage of some great classical music composers . From left to right: Top row – Antonio Vivaldi , Johann Sebastian Bach , George Frideric Handel , Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart , Ludwig van Beethoven ; second row – Gioachino Rossini , Felix Mendelssohn , Frédéric Chopin , Richard Wagner , Giuseppe Verdi ; third row – Johann Strauss II , Johannes Brahms , Georges Bizet , Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky , Antonín Dvořák ; bottom row – Edvard Grieg , Edward Elgar , Sergei Rachmaninoff , George Gershwin , Aram Khachaturian Classical music is the art music produced in, or rooted in, the traditions of Western liturgical and secular music , encompassing a broad period from roughly the 11th century to present times. [ 1 ] The central norms of this tradition became codified between 1550 and 1900, which is known as the common practice period .
An opera is generally referred to as "a stage presentation or work that combines music, costumes, and scenery to relay a story.
Texture = combo of pitch, timbre & rhythm measured in terms of DENSITY Some writers have also described a "pointalistic" texture to describe the music of postwar serialism such as Boulez's Structures Pointillism (octave displacements, rests, articulation and dynamics) & what about Klangfarbenmelodien (sound color melody)
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There may come a time when your encyclopedic knowledge of Journey’s formative years comes in handy, but when your boss invites you to a symphony, don’t stop believing that these highlights of the genre will be enough to see you safely through.
Classical Music 101