New PDF release: 50 Moments that Rocked the Classical Music World

By Darren Henley, Sam Jackson

ISBN-10: 1908739738

ISBN-13: 9781908739735

An eclectic, enjoyable and informative advisor to the 50 moments that modified classical tune endlessly, from technological advances in song recording and sensible techniques, to landmark live shows, the births and deaths of the good composers, and masses extra. released in partnership with vintage FM, the e-book could have a large entice classical tune enthusiasts of every kind, looking both to teach, tell and entertain, and uncovers a wealthy and infrequently unforeseen historical past of classical track. Written via the authors of the bestselling The vintage FM corridor of popularity and every thing You Ever desired to learn about Classical tune ... yet have been Too Afraid to invite, 50 Moments that Rocked the Classical track global is the ideal present for the classical track aficionado, in addition to a person new to the style seeking to get their first foothold at the mountain of classical song.

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2, a piece regularly heard on Classic FM, with the subtitle ‘Ode to the Birthday of Queen Anne’. Historically, composers could make quite a decent living from the role of Master of the King’s Musick. During the reign of George III, a basic £200-a-year stipend was paid to the incumbent, who could very easily top up his income by composing or performing music for all manner of royal events. Today, however, it is a largely honorary role. The current post-holder, Peter Maxwell Davies, receives a nominal fee, but he is not expected to perform any particular function or compulsorily to provide music for specific occasions, although it is hoped that the composer in question will create music to tie in with significant events in national life.

Soon after its discovery, though, a debate raged among scholars as to whether this really was the world’s oldest musical instrument, or whether it was, in fact, just a bone with a few bite marks in it. The debate has continued for many years, with a number of archaeological experts absolutely certain that the object is indeed a flute. If that is the case, then it provides proof that humankind has been making its own musical instruments for around 50,000 years or more. Whether or not the so-called ‘Neanderthal Flute’ is indeed bona fide (if you’ll excuse the pun), it’s clear that many musical instruments have been around for thousands of years.

Much of this development took place in the 11th and 12th centuries – a really exciting time, when music, painting and other art forms were gaining new ground and changing at quite a rapid rate. Initially, polyphony manifested itself through chant. Voices would not just sing in unison; instead, one voice would sing a little higher or a little lower than the main melody. Fast-forward on to the end of the 12th century, and polyphony had become more florid. In Paris, the choir of Notre Dame Cathedral was singing an ornate form of music that was the brainchild of a composer by the name of Léonin, who put together the Magnus liber organi (the ‘Great book of organum’ – organum being a form of polyphony).

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