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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
Ernest Chausson as the first promoter of nascent impressionism
Ernest Chausson was a composer who, despite his rather humble body of work, still played a crucial role in the history...
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...
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...
The Skaters' Waltz: subtle harmonies of romantic dance music by Emile Waldteufel
Les Patineurs Valse or the Skaters' Waltz is arguably the most famous of Émile Waldteufel's works. A late Romantic ...
Nicola Porpora: operatic composer made history as a music teacher of Haydn and Farinelli
Nicola Porpora was an Italian composer of the late Baroque period whose operas brimmed with an excellent orchestral...
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...
Cantus Arcticus: bird calls arranged for orchestra by Einojuhani Rautavaara were taped in Northern Finland
Cantus Arcticus is a three-part orchestral work created by the eminent Finnish composer Einojuhani Rautavaara with the...
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...
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...
Spanish motifs contributed by Emmanuel Chabrier to the rise of Impressionism in France
Emmanuel Chabrier was a French composer of the Romantic era whose legal career forced him to study and write music...
Mass in B minor: how to separate original scores of J.S. Bach from his son's later edits?
The Mass in B minor is one of the latest works of J.S. Bach in which he set a liturgical Latin text to music. Clocking...
The many attempts of Romantic composers to adapt Shakuntala love story from Mahabharata epic
The love story of Shakuntala is first mentioned in the oldest Sanskrit epic of the Mahābhārata which could be traced...
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...
Traditions of 3 countries woven into the music of neglected Asian composer Chiang Wen-Yeh
The life path of the prominent Asian composer Chiang Wen-Yeh is closely connected to the three countries—Taiwan, Japan,...
The multicultural heritage of Granville Bantock from Celtic folk music to Eastern philosophy of Omar Khayyám
Granville Bantock was one of the most cheerful English composers whose rich heritage comprised more than 800 works which...
The Erhu fiddle melody recorded by blind Abing spread worldwide revealing composition methods of Chinese folk music
One of the most recognizable Chinese folk tunes, Erquan Yingyue, also called The Moon Reflected on the Er-Quan Spring,...
The quiet adventure in the warm depths of Abzû game scored by Austin Wintory
American composer Austin Wintory made history after becoming the creator of the first-ever Grammy-nominated videogame...
Hermann of Reichenau: disabled monk who boosted art and science 1000 years ago
A remarkable figure of the 11th century, Hermann of Reichenau was a chronicler, composer, poet, and scientist who...
Only 3 Mantras survived from Sanskrit opera Avatara by John Foulds
One of the greatest areas of music history still remaining largely uncharted is the influence of Indian philosophy on...
The perfect union of Italian and French styles by Élisabeth Jacquet de La Guerre
Elisabeth-Claude Jacquet de la Guerre (née Elisabeth Jacquet) was one of the first female composers known to history, as...
The attractive sounds of Nordic Romanticism of Wilhelm Stenhammar
Swedish pianist Wilhelm Stenhammar was one of the few composers who remained faithful to the ideas of Romanticism in the...
The path to Earth's orbit for Errollyn Wallen's music
A modern composer, songwriter, and singer Errollyn Wallen was recounted by The Observer as a "renaissance woman of...
A story of love and friendship in the music of World War I
Frederick Septimus Kelly, a gifted Australian-born musician who spent much of his life in England, was among the...
The vital source of Lutheran music by Andreas Hammerschmidt
Andreas Hammerschmidt was a German composer and organist of Bohemian birth whose works played an important part in the...
Fiery dances of Marco Uccellini from Forlimpopoli
Forlimpopoli is a tiny Italian town located on the Romagna plain, at the foot of the Apennines. Founded by Romans in the...
Recent study of Luigi Boccherini's skeleton revealed the threat of scoliosis for cellists
Luigi Boccherini was born in the Italian town of Lucca in Tuscany in 1743. He was the third child of a double-bass...
Ludwig August Lebrun: the sweet genius of Mannheim
Ludwig August Lebrun (1752—1790) was a phenomenal German oboist who contributed several mellow oboe pieces to the...
The four elements of nature expressed in musical form by Jean-Féry Rebel
French composer Jean-Féry Rebel was born in 1666 to a distinguished musical family. His father and uncle were French...
Anthony Holborne: the master of Elizabethan consort music
Antony Holborne was an English Renaissance composer whose music for lute and cittern appeared in two important...
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The History of Popular Music
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Explore Phrygian, Lydian, Dorian, and other modes through the harmonic analysis of popular songs.
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Indian Classical Music
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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
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