Posted by admin at 12 October 2013

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While most retail stores and big box locations sell popular music by mainstream musicians, people who prefer classical music may left wondering where they can buy classical music LPs. Finding classical music selections can require that shoppers go off the beaten retail path and look at stores that cater to a finer taste in music. These specialty stores often provide a great selection of classical music LPs at affordable prices.

Many music stores, such as those that sell band instruments and sheet music, also sell LPs of classical musicians. Music fans can check out these locations and find the music that they prefer. Many times as well, the clerks and staff at the store will know just what a person is looking for and be able to offer an insightful critique of the LP.

These music stores are often located away from major shopping areas. Sometimes shoppers must look closer to universities or smaller neighborhood shopping districts where national chain varieties will not be located. Even so, the trip to these lesser frequented areas can pay off big if classical music lovers can find the LPs that they seek. Music and specialty stores understand the clientele that seeks out this music.

Posted by admin at 30 May 2013

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In general, Western music created between 1730 and 1820 is characterized as "classical music," but the term has often been used to describe different types of musical styles used in the Western world from the 9th century through today.

The most well-known composers of the classical period include Christoph Willibald Gluck, Joseph Haydn, Carl Bach, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Carl Friedrich Abel, Ludwig van Beethoven, Johann Stamitz, Luigi Boccherini, Antonio Salieri and Muzio Clementi.

Classical music can often be distinguished from Baroque music by its clearer, lighter texture and less complexity.

During the classical period, contrast and variety within compositions became far more pronounced. Frequent changes of timbre and mood became more common, as did variety of dynamics, keys, rhythms and melodies. The orchestra's size also increased in both range and size, and the harpischord was largely replaced by the fortepiano or piano.

Instrumental music became more important, including symphonies, sonatas, concertos, string quartets and trios, divertimentos and serenades. Sonata form emerged as one of the most important composition forms during the period.

Posted by admin at 27 March 2013

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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart lived between January 27, 1756 and December 5, 1791. Those years are considered part of the Classical era, and Mozart was a prolific composer during that era.

The Classical period is between 1750 and 1820. It is where the name for the "Classical" genre comes from; although the term when used in that sense refers to a variety of styles. Mozart, Haydn, and Beethoven are among the most famous composers of the Classical era, which is also called the Viennese Classic because they each worked in Vienna at some point.

The Classical era falls between the Baroque and Romantic eras. Classical music is considered lighter than Baroque music and is much less complicated. In many ways, the era was meant to repudiate the ornate style of the Baroque. Mozart contributed to this era by writing in all the major genres. He popularized the piano concerto and greatly influenced Beethoven, who would carry that influence into the Romantic era.

Posted by admin at 5 July 2012

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Composer Ludwig van Beethoven left a lasting mark on the music world with several masterworks of classical music. His work is still performed and admired today. The fact that Beethoven was deaf at the height of this productivity makes his work all the more striking.

A grandson of a musician, Beethoven was born in 1770. His father began training him in music from a young age, and Beethoven soon became an expert in music knowledge and theory. Though he is best known for his symphonies and sonatas, Beethoven did not begin his career as a composer. In his early 20s, he went to Vienna to become a top pianist. His talent was evident from the start, and he quickly gained popularity across Europe. Through this success and the encouragement of other composers such as Joseph Haydn, Beethoven worked up the nerve to begin composing, premiering his first symphony in 1800. It was soon after this time that Beethoven completely lost his hearing, but was still able to compose and perform music thanks to his expert knowledge of the subject.

Beethoven used the works of contemporaries such as Haydn and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart as inspiration for his compositions, and is often cited with these composers as the best of the era. Beethoven's greatness stems from the fact that his career spanned two centuries. He served as a bridge from the classic, prim-and-proper musical style of the 18th century to the fluid, romantic style of the 19th.

Posted by admin at 2 July 2012

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Classical music has long been a staple in many music libraries. There are tons of musical instruments that are part of a classical ensemble, it is easiest to break them down into categories to better understand what instruments are involved. As with any musical genre, there are several different types of instrument that are common in classical music, strings, brass, woodwind, and percussion. Though percussion and brass instruments are less common in classical music, there are some composers that use them and as such they should be included. In the string family instruments like the violin and the cello are the most common. There are very seldom guitars and other more modern instruments involved. In the brass family you may find a horn or two like the French horn but rarely any marching band instruments. In the woodwind family oboes, flutes, piccolos, and clarinets are often common. In the percussion family you will rarely see drums in classical music though they are sometimes used for bit parts, the triangle and the piano are often the most common though the piano can also be classified as a string instrument. With any classical music it is often very easy to pick out the sounds of each instrument as they will be used in multiple pieces again and again.

Posted by admin at 1 July 2012

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Classical music can be traced back to the 12th century, when the first ballads were written. The earliest forms of classical music were written by, and associated with the church at the time. Being church controlled at the time, there was not much room for musical freedom yet.

That changed in the 15th century with the Renaissance. Musicians were allowed to explore more freedoms of expression and start to write pieces with harmony and polyphony common to the time period. The composers of classical music were still writing pieces designed to be sung rather than instruments, though that was slowly changing.Additional information can be found at Some of the most recognized composers of the time period were Ockeghem, Despres, Dunstable and Dufay. They were famous for disguising instrumental portions in their vocal pieces.

It was in the early 1500's that classical music as we know it, was truly formed. Composers moved away from the harmonious works that had been familiar for over 300 years, and started writing their music in the major and minor scales. Such compositions lead to fantasy and dance pieces becoming popular.

The modern orchestra came about in the 18th century, bringing with it the concerto, sonata and the still popular opera.

Posted by admin at 28 June 2012

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Classical music is one of the earliest forms of what many people consider civilized music and has its origins in medieval music. One of the earliest forms of music comes out of Africa and other areas where tribes were common. The type of music that started among the tribe's people was often full of percussion and musical sounds made by the people. This type of music is often called the birth place of rock and roll. For classical music the origins are a bit harder to track down as it has the characteristics of several different styles.
With the advent of musical instruments that had never been seen before like the piano and other sophisticated woodwind and brass instruments came a new musical style that demanded to be noticed. When listening to classical music you can hear the remnants of medieval court music in the strings and highland folk music in the woodwind and other wind instruments. Classical music as a rule started in medieval times and has been handed down and altered to fit they styles and tastes of listeners through the ages. Classical music as well defined and stated genre is the offshoot of baroque music and started around 1750.

Posted by admin at 25 June 2012

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Classical music has played a big part in education. This is where lots of students learn the fundamentals of playing different instruments. It may not be something that they take up and implement into their own sound,, but many artists need the fundamentals of classical music. They need to have an ear for this type of music because it has some influence. People that learn classical concepts can learn just about anything. The classical melodies are complex so it is easier for people to learn other things. The classical music in education has become a stepping stone in many different art forms. Even people in R&B and pop are learning the foundation that comes through classical music. Educational courses in classical music have become the highlight for so many musicians that are working in the field. There has been a shortage in the number of music programs that are now available. This is why there are so many "save the music" programs out there. People have to take classical music for what it is worth. It is not some historic music that no longer has any value. To the contrary, it is a foundation and fundamental source of music development.