Classical Music

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When was Prelude in D Major written?

I think your choice of categories is somewhat misleading; Bach never wrote a 'Prelude in D major' but Rachmaninoff did, he wrote it in 1903. Try using the opus number, or a similar number that distinguishes works from each other e.g. Sibelius' 'Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 43' and Beethoven's 'Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 36'.

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In order to know when this prelude was written you'd need to know who composed it. Preludes are short pieces of music, generally for piano, and many different composers have written them, in various keys. "Prelude in D Major" isn't enough information.

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Is the cantata part of the classical music era?

The classical era was mostly instrumental. The cantata was used a lot in the baroque era with composer like JS bach and George Handel.

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How long is a typical performance of The Flight of the Bumblebee?

A typical performance is about one minute and twenty seconds.

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Lyrics and Sheet Music

What are the piano notes for FUR ELISE?

The note names are:

e d# e d# e b d c a, c e a b, e a b c; e d# e d# e b d c a, c e a b, e c b a.

b c d e, g f e d, e e d c, e d c e; e d# e d# e e d c a,

c e a b, e a b c; e d# e d# e b d c a,

c e a b, e c b a. This is pretty much the standard repertoire to learn for any beginning piano student. I learned it and never forgot it.

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Musical Instruments

What are the most common unbowed instrument in an symphony orchestra?

For one thing, "string instruments" and "stringed instruments" are not the same. String instruments are the viol family and stringed instruments are any instrument that has strings. The piano and harp both qualify.

Now, the piano is a percussion instrument that has strings and the harp is an unbowed stringed instrument.

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What are some examples of Western music?

Western music encompasses anything produced in the "Western" world (not to be confused with USA's western, or "country" music): in Europe, the Americas, and some Slavic countries. Think of Western Music as being anything with Equal Temperament; that is to say, if it can be played on a standard piano, it is probably Western. Western music can be both liturgical (church music) and secular (performance or commercial music). Western music dates back to the middle ages in Medieval Europe.

Although there has been a clear separation of Western and eastern music for centuries, in recent years the line between them has begun to blur. Thanks in part to global trade [and even moreso] the internet, more Eastern music composers are making music in Western tonalities, and vice versa. Take, for example, films such as "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon." The film's soundtrack features a full orchestra (like one might find in a European concert hall) with some additional, more traditional Chinese instrumentation.

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Composers
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Did Tchaikovsky compose Peter and the Wolf?

No, he did not. Peter and the Wolf was composed by Sergei Prokofiev in 1936. Tchaikovsky died in 1893, which was 43 years before the work even existed.

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George Frideric Handel

Where did Handel's Messiah premiere?

The premiere was in Dublin, 13 April 1742, at the "Great Musick Hall" in Fishamble Street. Handel spent the entire winter concert season in Dublin at the invitation of the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, William Cavendish, 4th Duke of Devonshire.

The London premiere was 23 March 1743. Though Messiah is today often associated with Christmas, in Handel's day it was customary to perform oratorios during Lent, when opera and other secular amusements were supposed to be avoided.

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Classical Music

What genre is O Fortuna?

classical, but with a medieval flavouring

In terms of performance genre, it could be called a secular cantata--an extended work for chorus and orchestra in multiple movements, but without an overall narrative. The texts are medieval, but the music is Orff's, written 1935-6. Generally I'd call the musical genre "modern classical," but more specifically, the style of work reminds me of Stravinsky's early period, especially the "primitivist" style of "Rite of Spring."

"O Fortuna" is the first and last movement of Carmina Burana, which Orff himself called a "scenic cantata."

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What do you mean by Romantic Music?

The term Romantic refers to the period of "classical" music from about 1810-1910.

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Country Music
Hip-Hop and Rap Music

How do I become an international singer?

Take voice lessons ... you cannot learn to sing properly on your own. There is far much more to singing like breath control, inhaling to the diaphragm and not the chest, things you will not be able to know about unless taught, and taught properly, especially if you wish to become international known.

The next step during lessons is to practice ... practice ... practice ... practice ... practice ... practice ... and then practice some more after you think you are done practicing. The only way to get professional is to consistently vocalize in the manner proscribed by your voice tutor/teacher.

Next, try to get some singing experience performing in front of an audience. Stage fright is very real and the very first time you perform in front of a large group you will most likely be nervous. When we get nervous we tend to forget what we learned about proper breathing technique and we lose the ability to project our voice to the back of the hall.

Become a member of a group that has regular performance gigs ... a duet, quartet, or multi voice choir will keep that voice in tune and ready to make beautiful music.

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Instrument Buying and Selling

What is the value of a Baldwin 170 Overture organ?

Possibly the best top dollar figure (mint condition - with everything working, no case scratches, and having the original owners manual, too) would be around $500 depending on the particular demand and availability in your region. However, asking price is one thing ... what one will get is completely a different story.

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What are the three most important triads in music?

The tonic, sub-dominant and dominant are the most important. They re-affirm the given key and are also called primary chords. They form the basis of the cadence and are instrumental to the quality of the melody.

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Composers
Johann Sebastian Bach

Was Johann Sebastian Bach a Lutheran?

Yes, Bach was very devoted to the Lutheran traditions.

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Music Composition & Writing

Which tempo pattern do the sections of an Italian overture follow?

An Italian overture is generally divided into three-movements. Generally, the latter movements have a quick tempo whereas the middle movement has a slow tempo. So it might go something like a prelude preceded by an adagio movement and then an allegro piece.

Or...

fast-slow-fast

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Composers
Johannes Brahms

What does the song by Brahms called Sonntag mean?

The third song, called 'Sonntag' from Brahms' Five Songs, Op. 47, is the German word for Sunday. The song is about the day, as it represents the Sabbath; a time for rest and contemplation.

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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Johann Sebastian Bach

Who came first Bach or Mozart?

The first (and arguably the greatest) of the Bachs, Johann Sebastian Bach, preceded Mozart. Johann Sebastian Bach was born on 21 March 1685, and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was born on 27 January 1756.

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Composers
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Where was Eine Kleine Nachtmusik first played?

People say that most of Mozart's serenades were written on commission, suggests that this serenade, too, was a commission, whose origin and first performance were not committed to record.

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What language is pie jesu in?

latin

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Classical Music

What came after the baroque music period?

After Baroque comes the Classical Era which is not to be confused with the Classical music in general. This era gave birth to musical giants such as Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven, all who formed the 1st Viennese School. The Romantic period or the Rococo if you want to be specific, follows the Classical Period.

The Classical period starts roughly at 1751 after the death of J.S. Bach.

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Are there any pieces of classical music about food?

Yes. Off the top of my head the Bach family comes to mind:

J.S.: The "Coffee Cantata". Yes, I know that's technically drink but it is in the general category. The fictional son of J.S, - P.D.Q., (Perer Schickele) wrote "The Seasonings."

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When did classical music become popular?

Classical music wasn't as you know it today. Today we have multiple genres spanning the entire music scene of the world. Several centuries ago Classical music was simply music. There was no disparity between what was classical and what was not. Nearly everything of the time was classical therefore it became popular from its inception. In terms of instrumental classical music, that took off at the demise of the Baroque Period and beginning of the Classical period. Rising middle-class wages allowed for a wider range of audience in virtuoso performances and public orchestras. Music was a sign of prestige and therefore those who could not perform at least attended. It was one of the primary sources of entertainment besides plays. Popularity for classical music has dwindled since the 19th century. And there is little hope it will be revived through the few neo-classical artists remaining.

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String Instruments
Violin

Can you play two notes on a cello like you can on the violin?

Of course one can, drawing the bow across two strings simultaneously will produce two notes easily.

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Drama and Acting
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String Instruments

Is George Perlman related to Itzak Perlman?

No ... no relations whatsoever.

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Composers

Where can you buy Lieutenant Kije score and parts?

The score and parts for "Lieutenant Kije" Symphonic Suite Op.60 by Sergei Prokofiev can be purchased from Edition Zeza or at SheetMusicX . The Suite is divided in 5 movements:

  1. Kijé's Birth: A soldier, while writing out the morning orders for the Imperial majesty Tsar Paul, miscopies two words, creating a Lieutenant "Kijé". The Tsar learns of his "existence", and issues numerous orders concerning him. The palace administrators have no choice but to carry them out.
  2. Romance. The fictional lieutenant falls in love.
  3. Kijé's Wedding. Since the Tsar prefers his heroic soldiers to be married, the administrators concoct a fake wedding.
  4. Troika.
  5. Kijé's Burial. The administrators finally rid themselves of the non-existent lieutenant by saying he has died.
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