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THE REALM OF CLASSICAL MUSIC

THE REALM OF CLASSICAL MUSIC

Posted by on Nov 9, 2019 in String Quartet |

The classics are poetic charms from long ago that we cherish in a modern paced life. Old world novels, poetry and music have inspired countless generations. In present day we are accustomed to the blaring beats of rock, pop and hip hop to motivate us through our schedule. We are in an endless state of busy amidst work, home and daily activities to tend to. Meditation and self-given time outs are often necessary to ease our minds into a much needed deep breath. Artistic endeavors persuade these moments depending on your personal interests.

Enjoying the Classics in Music

Moving beyond our timeline and entering into an intrinsic past leads us to the intriguing sounds of our favorite composers. Listening to music in its classical form has a timeless vibration. The epic and dramatic effects of the classics have strengthened the foundation of the music era we see today. Listening to the untold tales through notes of music are transparently healing. Composers took the musical trends of their time and established their own tradition in the industry. Beethoven, Mozart and Tchaikovsky are among hundreds that have changed the spectrum of how we measure music.

Films, documentaries and movies have offered us a glimpse of the lifestyle and muses of different composers. The inner inspiration and powerful impacts of their music was evident in their own lives. “Amadeus” is a movie that explores the music of Mozart and the individuals that surrounded his obstacles and triumphant echoes throughout his years. Another flick dedicated to famous composers that has received high ratings on the charts is “Immortal Beloved”. From start to finish, we are able to see a portrayal of Beethoven as he rises above with resonance and intent. His music is in terms immortal making it a favorited film for fans of is work.

Reading the Classics

Reading the Classics
Reading the Classics

Listening to our playlist of classical tunes while reading a book of choice is a perfect way to spend the weekend. Authors such as Jane Austen or Bronte have captivated our minds with profound literary pieces. There is also great pieces written that will continue our travel in the classical realm.

The Lives of Great Composers- Written in true fashion, this is an in depth read of composers through time. Covering over three centuries of historical reference, he captures the essence of a composers life. The book has a riveting vibrancy in all of its 992 pages making it a must have in your collection.

Johannes Brahms A Biography- Known for his romantic gestures within his music, Brahms had an intriguing life to follow. This depiction of his beginning to the final notes is a stoic representation of his era. Understanding the man behind the musical legacy is a fascinating way to spend the day.

Temperament- Struggles and triumphs have filled our history books. Temperament takes a vital adventure of musical cultures that span all the way back to ancient Greece. Classical music as it is heard today was made possible by the many who paved the way for the future. Dynamically written, you can expect elegant truths on every page.  

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THE GREAT INFLUENCES OF CLASSICAL MUSIC

THE GREAT INFLUENCES OF CLASSICAL MUSIC

Posted by on Sep 11, 2019 in String Quartet |

The Renaissance period marked an age where music was intended for religious purposes. The governing churches were in the midst of transitioning to sole Christianity. They collaborated with rulers and held a persuasive notion across political matters, figures and the people of the land. Music was not to be enjoyed or associated with emotional connections unless it was to pay tribute to the Christian god. Much like pagan traditions that predated Christianity, music was included in ceremonies and rituals. During the Renaissance which lasted approximately two full centuries, the churches sovereignty began to decline in the matters of rulership. Composers found a new sense of freedom that allowed their talents to excel into the twenty first century.

The Freedom of Classical Music

Within the Renaissance period and into the Baroque era came a broadened view of music. Beginning in 1600, the Baroque decades were transformational in all areas of discovery. Without the iron handed rule of the church, the people were allotted a platform for creative inspiration. There are many transitions from early music to the present, yet the Baroque movement had the largest impact on the pending direction of classical music. Instrumental tones embraced the dawning of a fresh perspective. The modern day orchestra was designed in this period becoming the mainstay tradition for classical components.

Concertos were formed bearing the signature of greats such as Vivaldi and Corelli. Opera also denotes a Baroque contribution which marked emotional depth and intrinsic poetry. Composers became associated with the arts and inspirational pieces. Artists were prevalent in an array of specialties. Dance, painting, sculptors, designers and now musicians of all varieties belonged to the same concept of creation. The Baroque period ended in 1750 with the classical connotation commencing enlightenment for us all.

The Iconic Classical Period

The Iconic Classical Period
The Iconic Classical Period

The mid 1700s named the beginning of the Classical period. Taking cues from Baroque generations, there was a further reach for freedom. Humanity became a focus with the onset of identities being seclusive to ones own nature versus a preset disposition. Classical music gained a resemblance to the nuances of the Romans and Greeks. In turn it was considered as the classics of that time. Piano sonatas and transformations of the orchestra shed light on the future we hear today. In lieu of harps and organs, the stages were filled with an eclectic mix of instruments. The next leap of priority for this period was the formation of the symphony changing the face of music for all time.

The Classical period is the most recognized of the ages as it was the enchanting time of cherished composers including Beethoven, Mozart and Paganini. Piano music and sonatas were notable of the Classical period. Without the restrictions of prior dates, music rose to the occasion. It was this timeline that finessed the meaning of music and how we soulfully appreciate the classic sounds. Artists of all kinds are contributors to music as instrumental harmonies are forever an artist’s muse.

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THE FLIP SIDE OF THE CLASSICAL COMPOSER COIN

THE FLIP SIDE OF THE CLASSICAL COMPOSER COIN

Posted by on Jul 18, 2019 in String Quartet |

They say brilliant minds have the heaviest souls. The more accomplished or advanced an individual is, a shift seems to occur to provide balance. It is the creative, analytical and progressive thinkers that are labeled as weird, quirky or plain crazy by the general population. Until a grand discovery or result is provided, it is not often the label dissolves on its own. Famous composers in classical music history have a long resume of oddities that do not seem to harmonize with their legendary Musical contributions.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Mozart is perhaps one of the most renowned composers in history. His genius works are elegant and timeless. As one of the greats, he is still well known and played after the passing of over two centuries. Those who knew him, would also claim he had some different habits. He bored easily and filled his time with wat seemed as comedic reliefs for the moment. He is said to enjoy behaving as a cat during practice sessions and while in groups. Leaping about tabletops and meowing loudly would likely make him stand out in a crowd. In light of this feline fact, he remains a master of his Classical craft.

Erik Satie

Satie was a French Composer from the Nineteenth Century. Famed for his piano suites, he also had a comedic side. He titled his works with odd names that contradicted the typical Classical themes. While most considered it as a unique trait, it may have been a clue into the other parts of his life. We are used to creative persons lavishing in color and tone, yet Erik Satie found himself at the other end of the spectrum. Enjoying the monochromatic side of style, he owned multiple velvet gray suits that were completely identical. He wore one continuously until it was in disrepair before reaching for the next in the lineup. This coincides with the many letters he had written to himself where some described his desire to eat only white foods.

 Erik Satie
Erik Satie

Anton Bruckner

This Austrian composer had a fascination or obsession with numbers. He generated lengthy lists of accounted repetitions. These logs depicted how many times he did various things in a day. Forging numerical patterns in his music was not a secret, however he was the only one who knew the configurations. This can easily be contributed to autism or an obsessive compulsive disorder if it were not for the next detail. There are two funerals Bruckner was known to have attended. Beethoven and Schubert had services only months apart. When Anton stepped up to pay his respects, he shocked fellow mourners by grabbing the skull or head of the deceased. He held on so tightly he had to be physically removed from the scene.

It is hard to imagine the energy behind the scenes can have hints of a conflicting perception of their surroundings. It appears a distinguished higher level of thought and imagination can translate into its own class. We as a whole are fortunate to have individuals who walk to the beat of a different tune for they are the greatest innovators of our time.

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KEEPING CHILDREN INTERESTED IN CLASSICAL MUSIC

KEEPING CHILDREN INTERESTED IN CLASSICAL MUSIC

Posted by on May 18, 2019 in String Quartet |

Classical music is both timeless and iconic. The genre differs from the trend setting tunes you hear on the radio today. When you have children, it is beneficial for them to be well rounded in cultures and musical tidings. Younger kids and teens are becoming who they are meant to be with an inclusion of their experiences, exposures and expectations as their guide. As with any learning endeavor, beginning early on ranks a higher success rate of adaptability. It is smart for parents to infuse a variety of musical tastes in their environment.

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THE MANY BENEFITS OF CLASSICAL MUSIC

THE MANY BENEFITS OF CLASSICAL MUSIC

Posted by on Mar 29, 2019 in String Quartet |

Through the Ages, Classical Music has been a foundational introduction to learning notes and instruments while gaining a diverse palate. Composers have their own unique style that adds charming sounds to the Musical set. From a young age we are exposed to several genres that have an impact on our lives. Classical Music especially is proven to hold a wide array of benefits for their listeners. You may have heard of a few, yet the complexity of Classical Music reaches further than only one or two adages.

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THE MOODS OF CLASSICAL MUSIC

THE MOODS OF CLASSICAL MUSIC

Posted by on Jan 6, 2019 in String Quartet |

Classical Music has long been associated with the tidings of serenity and tranquility. Many assume it is the elements of the instrument such as the piano or violin. Studies have shown Music’s ability to connect with our emotions and thoughts. When a piece is written, it is not based on what “sounds” good.

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