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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Instances of note beams across measures

How rare was it, in classical and romantic periods, for composers to notate eighth note and sixteenth note beams across measures? Are there examples from composers other than Schubert? In two of ...
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What's the earliest known example of music written for an electronic instrument?

The other day I stumbled upon Joseph Schillinger's First Airphonic Suite, a 1929 orchestral suite that includes a part for theremin. Since this was written 10 years after the invention of the theremin,...
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Notes not adding up to time signature How to play this?

Hi, any idea how to play this piece? The note on the last beats are not adding up to 6/8.
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What does it mean when the same note with the same length is on the same stem for the same instrument? [duplicate]

In Ravel's "Bolero" the violas play a repeated pattern in pizzicato that grows more and more complex. The second form, however, beginning at m. 21, has a notation that puzzles me. The middle ...
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Inconsistent notation of BWV 565 mm. 39–40 makes it unclear whether to play C or C# [duplicate]

In the passage shown below (from Bach's Toccata and Fugue in D minor, BWV 565, mm. 39–40), the C#s and C-natural in the right hand are all explicitly notated, but in the left hand, no indication is ...
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what is a "rhythmic gesture"?

Per Wikipedia, taken originally from Winold, 1975, chapter 3, among the general characteristics of music from the common practice period is "rhythmic gestures of a limited number of rhythmic ...
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Chopin Prelude Op. 28 No. 1: A mysterious mutated note in the 12th bar?

In Chopin Prelude Op. 28 No. 1 (C major) has a particularly mysterious mutated note in the 12th bar shown in the red box (this note does not repeat the voice of the previous blue box): Question Is ...
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In Bach's WTK I Prelude in C major, is Glenn Gould's performance more literal reading of the score?

Bach's prelude in C major, being beginners' favorite, seemingly shouldn't be controversial as to how it should be read. This is why Glenn Gould's interpretation came to me as a shock with each ...
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Harmony exercise, enharmonic equivalence

I'm studying from Walter Piston's book Harmony (5th Ed) so that I'm prepared before the semester starts at UNA. Exercise 6.D asks: "For each one of the following intervals, name at least two ...
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What makes a song not sound like classical music [closed]

For example La Califfa, it is sung by a mezzo-soprano but the melody of this song cannot be mistaken for classical music. Is there a way to explain this? What exactly makes it sound modern?
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Indian and western classical violin [duplicate]

Can I learn both Indian classical and western classical violin at the same time?
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What does the 'L' line in Elgar's "The Spirit of the Lord" mean?

In the introduction to the Elgar's "The Spirit of the Lord", the prologue to The Apostles Op. 49, the score has lines which looks like octave signs, but which have the letter 'L' instead of ...
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About the rules of inversion in BWV 1087 (14 canons)

Basically, I'm a bit confused about how to interpret the idea of "inversion" in a mirror canon. For example, consider the sixth canon of BWV 1087. So I simply took the inverted image of ...
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Is there any difference between a Toccata and an Etude for speed besides time period and instrumentation?

From what I can gather, Etudes written specifically for speed and Toccatas have a lot of similarities. They are both fast with lightly fingered passages and they both emphasize dexterity. The main ...
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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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