MUS27A SEC 001
Paper#2: Difference Between Modern Music And Classical Music My experience in listening to two hours of Classical Music was rather relaxing and selfrelieving. To explain the majority of the classical music that I listened to, most of them uses either: piano, flute, horn / french horn, drums, triangle, cymbal, violin, cello, clarinet, or xylophone. In some songs, I notice the instruments used are much more simpler: french horn, piano, violin, fiddle, harp. An example would be Henry Purcell – Ayres for the Theatre.
piece creates a picture for the listeners to visualize the Medieval era setting, and a storyline that represents the “Dark Ages” era with sad and also happy tones. The french horn, cello, violin were mainly used for the song. Compared to Beethoven or Mozart, Henry Purcell’s composed piece had less melodies and instruments being played, usually in the form of a homophony (and sometimes polyphony on chorus). Tempo and style for some olden classical songs was usually slow to midslow, predictable, and simple. As the era progresses decades later, Classical music varies in many forms, tempos, textures, melodies, timbres, harmonies, and use of instruments. A more modern, progressed piece compared to Henry Purcell’s is Peter Tchaikovsky – Swan Lake
ACT 1 Waltz.
Many things were going on in most progressed classical pieces, such as this one. Usually, pieces like this are in the form of polyphony, because there’s so many melodies going on at once, with multiple instruments playing together. In this piece, the instruments being played are: flute, oboe, cello, violin, clarinet, piccolo, many horns, and triangle. The piece’s theme of the piece is giving a “magical” feeling while listening to it. I’d usually hear pieces like
these in most Disney princess movies. The setting of the piece was set either for the era that had ballroom dances (I could just picture people in formal wear, dressing fancy, holding hands and circling around a ballroom while the song is playing.) At the very beginning of the piece, the song starts with the main chorus, in polyphony, with three distinct melodies that are combined with multiple instruments:the string, horns, and flute. In most classical pieces like this one, the strings usually lead in the piece, with accompaniment of strings in minor, and pipe instruments as bass chord and second harmony. Throughout the piece, and especially in the main chorus, there are many variations, such as how some parts fades in and out, soft and loud, from little to many instruments added to the melody. The purpose of changing the volume and timbre of the melody, is for the composer to emphasize some parts of the piece, as it shows unpredictability and uniqueness of the piece. Usually, the pattern of classical music is a Ternary form, but with this piece and many others including Beethoven and Mozart, it is in a Rondo form, to keep the element of surprise and unpredictability of the piece. The Radio station that I listened to was KDFC. During commercial breaks (there were only two commercials within two hours), the commercials playing were about getting tickets for concerts at the SF Symphony. It is obvious that the commercials in that radio station target the KDFC radio listeners who live in San Francisco, because the genre of the radio is allclassical. The commercials will engage their target audience with classical background music, while a soft / nice sounding announcer excitingly talk about the upcoming events at the SF Symphony. The estimated age range for those listeners would be in their mid 30’s 50 + yrs old, because people who appreciate classical music are more conservative in music, and grew up with this kind of music, compared to the mainstream modern music that started around the1980’s.
In one hour, I took a listen to one of my favorite radio stations, STAR 101.3. The Genres ...
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