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The poignant meaning behind Amor Eterno lyrics
Begin the Beguine: discovering origin and meaning
Wiegenlied: folk poem behind Brahms' Lullaby
Whalien 52: uncovering the hidden meaning
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...
Popular songs using Lydian mode
In Western music, the vast majority of classical compositions and popular songs are written using only two diatonic...
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...
Supertonic chords: types and usage
In musical theory, the supertonic is the second degree of a diatonic scale—the scale that consists of seven notes per...
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....
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...
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 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...
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...
Crickets choir: musical examples imitating rhythmic patterns of chorusing insects
One of the most mesmerizing sounds in nature is the bizarre rhythmic patterns generated by chorusing insects. While...
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 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...
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...
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
Für Elise: 2 versions of Beethoven's best-known piano piece
Ständchen from Schwanengesang serenade as Schubert's last testament
Phrygian mode in Pink Floyd songs
Barrett's Privateers: origins and meaning of famous drinking song
Om Namo Narayanaya: meaning and purpose of popular Vishnu mantra
Je te veux: Satie's love song refashioned as piano piece