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1. When you hear the words "classical music," the first composer that many people think of is Beethoven. Can you think of any reasons why this is so? If one says "rock music", who is the first person you think of and why? 2. In the 19th century, the "lied" or art song was a very important development. The lyrics to these songs frequently dealt with disappointment in love, with the beauty of nature, with magic. In today's songs, what are some of the themes being sung about? 3. The piano became the single most important instrument of the 19th century. Which instrument would have this distinction today and why? 6. Listen to Schubert’s "Erlking." Why is this sometimes called a "mini-opera?" Excluding the narrator, list the other three characters in the "Erlking," and describe how Schubert has portrayed them in the music.

1. For my experience, I have taken music classes since my primary school, at the first beginning, teachers taught us the fundamental knowledge includes influential famous musician. The most emphasized is Beethoven. I think everyone cannot reject the first knowledge deeply built in his mind in childhood times. As for rock music, that will remind me of Les baxter, who was the first guy to take Rock and Roll into the Top 40, which gave me the first impression of Rock music.

2. I think the themes of lyrics of songs dealt with disappointment in love has been developed and become a tradition of current songs. Today, the pop music are still involved around love, breaking hearts, and yearn for love. The reason for this, in my opinion, we are human, we need that love feeling to touch the nature of the world, and make our lives better and unique.

3. Piano has large array of keys and diverse spectrum of octaves and notes, which make it capable of conveying practically and type of felling or musical inspiration. Hence, it possess the ability of occupying the role of the single most important instrument of the 19th century even though it is unwieldy...
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