No doubt that everyone should have heard about classical music and the first thing that comes to mind will probably be elevator music or orchestra performance. However, what about its origins or how it first started? Have you ever thought wondering about that?
As a beginner or even an advanced player you might be curious about how classical music came about, then let us give you some insights into it.
The Classical Music Guides, History, and FAQs
What is classical music?
Characterized by its lengthy liturgical sounds, classical music, usually, doesn’t have any lyrics or songs sung over it, the music always speaks for itself as it is composed in such a way to tell a story.
It’s characterized as liturgical because during the 1700-1800s classical music was used during religious ceremonies. It doesn’t always have an upbeat rhythm or melody. Regardless of the fact that it’s nothing like modern pop music, classical music has a lot of depth. It can start calm and relaxed and build up continuously throughout the composition.
When did classical music start?
Originally played and performed for the Western European elite from 1750-1830, used a specific style of piano consisting of the concerto, symphony, and sonata. Now it also transformed into different modern styles like Jazz, Pop, and Rock.
Who started classical music?
Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750), a German composer known as the father of classical music, which also supported by Ludwig van Beethoven’s quote as the “original father of harmony”.
Every March, classical musician around the world celebrates the birthday of this type of music in the same month as Bach’s birthday (21st Marth 1685).
What are the instruments that are commonly used in classical music?
The most common instruments used while playing classical music are The Grand Piano, Violin, Harp, Double Bass, Cello, Acoustic Drums, Mandolin, and Ukulele. Additionally, a variety of wind, and brass instruments are can also be used when playing classical music.
While a guitar that is commonly used to play pop music or heavy metal solos on stage, a certain type of guitar (classical and acoustic) can also be used to play classical music.
So, if you’re someone who wants to be adept in two or more different styles – pick up classical and rock guitar. Especially, if you are new to the instrument it is best that you join guitar classes for beginners to really master the art of playing the instrument from scratch.
What is an Orchestra?
An orchestra is a group of musicians which consists of string players, woodwind players, brass players, and percussionists led by a conductor and playing a classical music piece.
Two types of Classical Orchestra:
- Concert Orchestra – a large group of ensemble instrumentalists.
- Chamber Orchestra – a smaller group ensemble.
What is a classical music composer?
A classical music composer is a musician who writes down different classical musical notes that are played by other musicians as soloists or as part of an orchestra to create a symphony.
The most famous classical music composers are:
- Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) – is most famous for composing the Brandenburg Concertos.
- Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791) – was a musical prodigy. Mozart composed his first symphonies at the tender age of 5. He even performed for the queen before the age of 11. He composed some of the most well-known symphonies, still enjoyed and played to this day.
- Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827) – created a series of amazing symphonies.
What are the benefits of learning classical music?
It is said that classical music stimulates brain function by tapping into different parts of the brain, because of its complex construction. A lot of music students who take piano classes in Singapore, use it as background music while studying.
It usually comprises a variety of feelings and emotions and can be played at any special event as background music to create a good atmosphere.
Classical music will never fail to swoon anyone’s heart. So, it comes as no surprise when many are scrambling to learn this beautiful music type. While there are plenty of instruments that fit into this category, you might find yourself having a deep connection with only one musical instrument. So, try out all the different musical instruments – because you’ll never know what joy music can bring to you!
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