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Mantra of Avalokiteshvara: meaning and purpose of popular Buddhist chants
Avalokiteśvara is one of the central figures of Buddhism whose name is often associated with several mantras chanted by...
Guajira Guantanamera: song meaning and origin of the lyrics
Guantanamera is a demonym—a word that identifies a group of people in relation to a particular place—in this case, used...
Five tones of Spielberg's alien language
Close Encounters of the Third Kind—Steven Spielberg’s first and perhaps best attempt at sci-fi—was released in 1977 only...
Popular songs using Lydian mode
In Western music, the vast majority of classical compositions and popular songs are written using only two diatonic...
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...
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...
Bésame Mucho: song meaning and source of inspiration behind the famous Mexican bolero
Bésame Mucho is one of the most famous songs in music history that has been tirelessly performed for the past eighty...
The Celtic Baroque roots of Stairway to Heaven
Irish musician Turlough O'Carolan (1670-1738) is considered to be a pioneer in blending court music of the Baroque era...
Emotion over meaning: the enigmatic lyrics of Cocteau Twins in the languages of glossolalia
Having first appeared in religious practices, the term glossolalia referred to the ability of a believer to...
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...
7 songs featuring Mixolydian mode
The dominance of the major and minor modes in Western classical music has been observed for several centuries, and this...
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...
The Flower Duet of Lakmé: the love drama of an Indian girl and a British soldier made airborne
The Flower Duet is a famous operatic duet which popularity has spread far beyond interests of classical music audience...
8 songs to introduce Aeolian mode and natural minor scale
Over the past centuries, the composition of polyphonic music has been primarily focused on seven diatonic scales...
Zefiro Torna: famous madrigal by Monteverdi lauds the west wind that brings spring
Originating in the 14th century as a poetic form, the madrigal is a short poem of lyrical content. During the...
Plagal cadence exemplified by 9 songs in all diatonic modes
In musical theory, the term cadence is applied to the chord progressions that create a sense of resolution at the end of...
Bamboléo: song meaning and origin of the lyrics
Bamboléo, released by the French band Gipsy Kings in the 1980s, remains the defining genre entry of its era. The band's...
Capricho Arabe: the first composition of Francisco Tarrega became his epitaph
Capricho Arabe is the most popular work of the iconic Spanish guitarist Francisco Tárrega who initiated the revival of...
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...
MTV and EMI did not appreciate the concept of Kate Bush's iconic Running Up That Hill
Running Up That Hill, initially titled A Deal with God, is no doubt the most iconic work of Kate Bush which came to life...
Gershwin's Summertime: the most recorded song draws inspiration from Ukrainian lullaby and African American spiritual
Written by the American composer George Gershwin in 1934, Summertime aria is now the most recorded song in the history...
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...
Easy Skanking: meaning and themes in the famous Bob Marley album opener
Easy Skanking is the opening song on Bob Marley’s tenth studio album Kaya released in 1978 and preceding the historic...
Shosholoza: meaning and origin of the famous African work song
With its origins going back to the gold mines of South Africa, Shosholoza holds a firm place in the cultural...
The symbiosis of music and architecture in mathematical glissandi by Iannis Xenakis
The rapid growth of technology in the 20th century led to the beginning of a new era in the music industry when the...
Prog rock version of Jerusalem was banned by BBC
Jerusalem is a British national song based on a poem by William Blake printed in 1808. At the heart of the poem is the...
The Andalusian cadence: distinct chord progression of flamenco that captivated all pop music genres
The Andalusian cadence is a musical term denoting a chain of four chords that appear sequentially through each step of...
Albinoni's famous Adagio is unusually solemn and offbeat because it wasn't, in fact, written by Tomaso Albinoni
Adagio in G Minor, attributed to 18th-century Venetian master Tomaso Albinoni, is widely familiar through its often use...
Legendary Tansen could bring rain with music
The history of Indian classical music is enriched with numerous artists who were able to channel very specific moods set...
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...
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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.
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