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The poignant meaning behind Amor Eterno lyrics
Begin the Beguine: discovering origin and meaning
I Am a Poor Wayfaring Stranger: origins and lyrics of the famous folk song
Unraveling the meaning of Aserejé
Rollin' and Tumblin' as the essence of slide guitar technique combined with lyrics diversity
Rollin' and Tumblin' is one of the great Delta blues songs that has been interpreted by many blues artists long before...
5 songs featuring Dorian mode
Out of all seven diatonic scales, the major and minor scales have been the two most prevalent in Western music...
8 orchestral pieces depicting thunderstorms
Of all the meteorological phenomena, thunderstorms are perhaps one of the most imposing forces of nature, so it is not...
The 2020 guide to research of Granville Bantock's life and music
Published by Clemson University Press in 2020, Granville Bantock (1868–1946) A Guide to Research by Dr. John C. Dressler...
Popular songs using Lydian mode
In Western music, the vast majority of classical compositions and popular songs are written using only two diatonic...
Randy Dandy O: sea chantey for raising anchors and sailing around Cape Horn
Randy Dandy O is one of the most famous sea shanties, a song genre presumed to have originated in the 19th century...
Plainsong: The Cure's psychedelic liturgy on the edge of the world
Plainsong is the opening track of the album Disintegration released in 1989 by the English rock band The Cure. The...
Deceptive cadence: chord progressions and song examples
In music, cadences play a crucial role in the organization of musical phrases and sentences. The concept of cadences is...
Locrian mode: music examples and harmonic structure
Music theory describes seven diatonic scales of which the major and minor scales are the most functional and therefore...
Savoy Truffle: cautionary song about chocolate by the quiet Beatle
Savoy Truffle is one of four songs written by George Harrison for the 1968 album The Beatles, also known as the White...
Picardy third: cadence for a happy ending in classical music and popular songs
In musical theory, the term Picardy third is used to refer to a special way of ending a minor piece with a major chord....
Twist in My Sobriety: rare oboe solo in Tanita Tikaram's best song
Twist in My Sobriety is a song by British pop-folk singer Tanita Tikaram released as a single from her debut album...
Popular songs featuring Phrygian mode and Neapolitan chord
Western music theory describes seven diatonic scales that are the basis of corresponding musical modes, among which the...
Progressive rock adaptation of Alberto Ginastera's piano concerto features innovative electronic drums
One of the works of the iconic Argentine composer Alberto Ginastera went far beyond the attention of the classical...
Mixolydian mode: famous examples in classical and pop music
In the 17th century, the major and minor scales became the basis for almost all classical music compositions. This...
Shakespearean characters expressed through atonality in atypical guitar sonata by Hans Werner Henze
Royal Winter Music is one of the most atypical works for classical guitar that reveals incredible possibilities of the...
The first-ever concerto for sitar and Western orchestra was dedicated to glorious music teacher Allauddin Khan by his most successful pupil
Released in 1971, Concerto for Sitar & Orchestra was the first-ever recording to feature Indian classical music in a...
The instrumental re-imagining of vocal music by Gerald Finzi, a countryside composer and apple grower
Gerald Finzi was an English composer whose work and lifestyle were immersed in the culture of his country, remaining...
Microtonality: the variety of approaches to microtonal music in world cultures
In theory, microtonal music describes a piece that contains one or more intervals measuring below a semitone. Although...
Lydian mode: famous examples throughout the music history
Major and minor modes are the most used diatonic scales in classical and popular music due to their versatile structure...
The first English musical criticism written by Charles Avison argued that music evokes purely positive emotions
The fascination with the innermost working of the human mind and the nature of its response to certain triggers have...
Peter Sinfield: the songwriter whose lyrics embellished the formative prog rock albums of the 1970s
Peter Sinfield is an iconic songwriter who has written for most influential albums of the prog-rock genre released...
Bird In The Belly: the dark side of old British ballads re-imagined in polyphonic folk songs
Bird in the Belly is an English folk band that draws their inspiration through collecting little known or forgotten...
Marius Neset and London Sinfonietta: saxophone accompanied by world-class orchestra acquainted classical harmony with jazz rhythms
The intriguing cross-genre collaboration between the Norwegian jazz saxophonist Marius Neset and the London Sinfonietta...
Abdelazer: Purcell's suite for the failed play gained popularity thanks to Britten's arrangement for children
Abdelazer, or The Moor's Revenge, is a 1676 play by Aphra Behn who is considered to be one of the first known English...
Mozart and Tom Waits wrote music for the glass armonica which was rumored to cause mental health damage
The glass armonica is one of many curious instruments that came into use with small ensembles during the transition from...
Classic examples of the Phrygian mode through the music eras
From Middle Ages to modernity, Western music has been largely based on diatonic scales that organize seven notes into...
A spice of Italy, delivered to London by Nicola Matteis, edged out the French dance fashion from violin music
One of the first pieces of evidence of Italian invasion during the Baroque period in England is Ayrs for the Violin—the...
Giulio Regondi, the guitar prodigy behind early Romantic repertoire, was conned by false parent
Giulio Regondi was one of the most virtuosic guitarists of the early Romantic period who began earning flattering...
Why birds sing their songs: great maestros proving the musicality of nightingale, cuckoo, yellowhammer
It is no coincidence that the sounds emitted by birds are known in many languages as "songs", rather than simple animal...
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The History of Popular Music
Discover stories from each decade. Listen to gems from the 1960s, 1970s, and more.
Explore Phrygian, Lydian, Dorian, and other modes through the harmonic analysis of popular songs.
Read all about the formative music of the past centuries. Enjoy the regal yet easy sounds of the Baroque and Renaissance.
Indian Classical Music
Dive into the South Asian philosophy through Indian classical music. Learn about musical traditions of the Hindustani and Carnatic culture.
The Epoch of Romanticism
Get a taste of the most beloved and fruitful music period. See the personalities behind the major shift of the eras — from Classical to Romantic.
Download for free HQ soundscapes recorded in a mixed forest, including bird songs, cricket choruses, and night or afternoon thunderstorms.
Bamboléo: song meaning and origin of the lyrics
Barrett's Privateers: origins and meaning of famous drinking song
The poignant meaning behind Amor Eterno lyrics
Pedro Navaja: song meaning and origin of the lyrics
Beatles songs composed with just three primary chords
Piel Canela: meaning of Bobby Capó's biggest hit
La Mordidita: meaning behind the three-chord Latin hit