Music Genre Microblog — 20th Century

20th Century [1900 – 2000] As the new century dawned , composers such as Gustav Mahler, Richard Strauss and Jean Sibelius were pushing the bounds of post-Romantic symphonic writing. On the other hand, the French ‘Impressionist’ school — a term hated by one of its leading proponents, Claude Debussy — was gaining traction in France. Along with Maurice Ravel, Paul…

Music Genre Microblog — Romantic

Romantic [1820-1900] Composers of the Romantic period wanted greater emotional expression, so they upped their game with increasingly dense harmonies, moving towards chromaticism, which simply put, means greater use of notes that are not strictly in the key of the piece at any given time. The word comes from the Latin “chroma”, which simply means colour. Composers were adding more…

Music Genre Guide — Baroque

Baroque [1600 – 1750] This period is famous for some truly great composers such as Bach, Handel and Vivaldi as well as the introduction of standardised keys in a system known as equal temperament. Musical virtuosity really took off in this era, with pieces like Bach’s ‘Brandenburg Concertos’ featuring a group of soloists with a larger ensemble accompaniment. And did…

Music Genre Microblog — Medieval

Medieval [500 – 1400] Medieval music is by far the biggest era in music history. All the music of the middle ages, from about 500AD to the start of the renaissance in the 15th century, is lumped together on one mega-era that we call medieval. To make this a bit simpler, medieval music can be divided into roughly three periods:…

Music Genre Microblog — Classical

Classical: [1750 – 1820] This relatively short period, or era, falls between the Baroque and the Romantic periods. As we have previously said, we use the ‘classical music’ as a catch-all term term for Western instrumental, orchestral and choral music. But, in musicological terms, the Classical era refers specifically to the music of the period 1750 and 1830. It spawned…

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