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Rhythm

What is Rhythm? According to the Oxford Dictionary of Music “rhythm covers everything pertaining to the time aspect of music”. Rhythm simply is that musical component which makes us move or tap our foot. It is difficult to define rhythm without considering all of the aspects of it. Rhythm consists...
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Dances in Bulgarian Rhythm|Dance 2 Structure

Dances in Bulgarian Rhythm- Structure
  • 149 (NO. 2) The second dance has a bright mood and is grouped into 2+2+3. This presents three rhythmic schemes through the dance; Ostinato (QR QR QRR), part A motif (Q Q Q E), part B motif (QRRR QRR). The mode is C Phrygian/ Lydian 12...
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Dances in Bulgarian Rhythm|Dance 1 Structure

-148 (NO. 1) This dance starts with full energy. Interesting group division of 4+2+3/8 creates strong dividing movement in the bar. This dance is a reflective one among the rest. The sections with slower tempo gives a chance for a deep consideration and thought. This piece also has a clearer tempo changes in comparison with...
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Dances in Bulgarian Rhythm- Bela Bartok

Bartok is and has always been one of my most favourite composers. His six Dances in Bulgarian Rhythm are absolutely beautiful. These dances are the last series included in his Mikrokosmos volume 6. For many years Bartok devoted himself to collect and document folk music from different countries. This affected and inspired his own compositions greatly. He...
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Tempo

What we have learnt in the previous post was that time signature indicates the amount and value of the beats (crotchet, minim etc.) inside a bar in a piece of music. Time signature does not give us any information about the speed of the beats movement which is the tempo. The speed of the regular...
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Mozart-part three

1777 TRIP WITH HIS MOTHER In 1777 after resigning from his job and because his father had to stay in Salzburg for his job commitments to Prince- Archbishop Colloredo Mozart who was 21 along with his mother travelled to Augsburg, Mannheim, Munich and Paris for another job hunting trip. At this stage Mozart was a confident,...
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Mozart – part two

 TRAVELLING TO ITALY When Mozart was 14 his father took him to Italy for the first time. Leopold was conscious of the fact that opera houses in Italy were the most world renowned at that time. Leopold had a clear vision of his genius...
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Mozart Part One

Mozart was one of the most influential and popular composers of classical period. He was a prodigy who showed his ability from his early childhood. With its infinite variety his music has enriched the lives of listeners and performers and has profoundly influenced the subsequent western music. BACKGROUND Mozart was the last of seven children. He was...
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Mozart Sonata in F k332

This week I went back to one of my favourite Mozart’s Sonatas, Sonata in F K332, which is the third Sonata of a group of three Sonatas, and I thought it would be a good idea to devote this blog to this Sonata. I will soon post a blog analysing the form of this Sonata...
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Common Practice Period

What is referred to as “Western Classical Music” today is the music from the Common Practice Era. In the European music history Common Practice Era spans roughly for three centuries from 1600 to 1910 and includes three major style periods or genres: Baroque (1600-1750), Classical (1750-1830) and Romantic (1815-1910) periods. Common practice period is based...
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Beat Divisions

In the previous post we found out that each piece of music has a time signature written as a fraction in the beginning of the piece. There are three main types of beat divisions. -          Duple Meter -          Triple Meter -          Quadruple Meter Before explaining three types of beat division, first the concept of...
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Time Signature

Time signature or meter signature is a sign in musical notation which is written in the beginning of the music piece immediately after the clef and the key signature and it defines the amount and type of notes that each bar contains. It is written either as a fraction (number/number) or as a time symbol...
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Note Values (undotted notes)

One of the common elements in music is Rhythm. In order to show Rhythm in musical notation, various Note Values are used. These Note Values represent tones with different length. It is important to note that the duration of these Note Values are not clear until they are associated with a specific tempo. ♪ The  Double...
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Why Music Theory?

“Theory is the abstract knowledge or reasoning of any art as opposed to the practice of it.” Music theory is a subject which examines how music works and how it is built. It is about studying the notation and language of music to be able to understand the structure and the pattern behind any piece of...
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What is a Piano?

Piano is a keyboard musical instrument. The word piano is the shortened form of pianoforte. The name comes from the fact that the instrument could be played softly(piano) or loudly(forte). Piano’s wooden body encloses the metal strings, hammers and the soundboard. Different pitches are produced by pressing the keys on the piano which moves the hammers...
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Brief Story of Piano

Piano was invented by a maker of musical instruments, Bartolomeo Cristofori, in Italy in the beginning of 18th century. In other words he evolved piano from Harpsichord.

Prior to the invention of the piano, Clavichord and Harpsichord were the primary keyboard instruments date back respectively to 14th and 15th century. Clavichord is one of...

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