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Henry Purcell and his emblematic masterpiece Dido and Aeneas

November 25, 2013

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Henry Purcell was one of the most original and widely recognised composers of seventeenth century Baroque, who, despite a short lifespan (between 1659 and 16995) ending at the age of 36, left a great legacy of vocal, instrumental and theatrical music. He was an admirer of Italian music, but his style was bearing the marks […]

Early music festival at Greenwich, November 2013

November 17, 2013

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Last weekend we visited the Early Music Festival and Exhibition in Greenwich (on 7-9 November), together with my mother and daughter. It was held at the Old Royal Naval College, a palace built by Henry VI in the fifteenth century, which later became the site of the Greenwich Hospital complex until 1873, when the Royal […]

Reflective account – Part four – The Classical Style

November 13, 2013

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Open College of the Arts, Music 1, Tibor Kovacs, October 2013   The musical formats defined and refined in the Classical period have been serving as gold standard models for the following centuries. The musicians of the eighteenth century seem to have developed very successful recipes for creating art that would please both the senses […]

Classical influences in the music of the twentieth century: two early examples by Prokofiev and Stravinsky

November 13, 2013

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Open College of the Arts assignment, Music 1, Part Four Tibor Kovacs, October 2013   It is certainly not an overstatement to say that the classical period (from the early eighteenth to the early nineteenth century) produced the most successful musical style in the Western tradition, with a wide popular appeal lasting for centuries, combined […]

SmArt Art – the fugue

November 12, 2013

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In my previous blog entry about the origins of instrumental music I explored how polyphonic music and the emergence of bass accompaniment led to the development of new genres. Harmonic thinking, based on Pythagorean pitch relationships, with notes organised in chords (played simultaneously based on the harmonic triad – tonic / dominant / median) started […]