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Part three – Music of the nineteenth century – reflective account

August 5, 2013

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The nineteenth century was an era that introduced the cult of the extraordinary in arts. Getting bored of the neat, symmetrical, formal gardens of their royal and clerical masters, artists liberated themselves through the power of self-expression, leaping right to the top of the highest mountains and into the wildest forests, embracing the deepest mysteries. […]

The piano in the nineteenth century – part three, assignment

August 5, 2013

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The role of the piano in the 19th century musical scene The nineteenth century witnessed an explosion in the development of musical instruments. The taste of the audience evolved together with an increase in the level of sophistication and novelty of music produced by artists like Beethoven, Liszt or Chopin who were stretching the capability […]

Mahler’s fifth – a journey through the land of dreams

June 10, 2013

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Mahler’s fifth symphony is a work composed in the years 1901 and 1902, symbolically linking the nineteenth century to the twentieth in music. It is a quintessentially romantic work, which goes along the idea of a single piece containing in itself a “whole world”, but the way it builds this world is utterly idiosyncratic, irregular […]

Barcelona, Flamenco, Albéniz, Gonzales

June 10, 2013

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I heard flamenco songs before, but I first came into close contact with Catalonian and Spanish music when I visited Barcelona last summer (2012) together with my wife Kinga. The sun was burning and everything seemed to be so bright and colourful. We drove along the villages on the seaside and up on the mount […]

Focus on development of musical instruments in the 19th century

June 8, 2013

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I have been listening to some trumpet music lately. This is a fascinating instrument, one of the oldest, which requires great determination from anyone who intended to learn how to play it. Daily practice for a long time is necessary to strengthen the muscles around the mouth and to be able to provide a steady […]

Nationalism in nineteenth-century European music – a brief introduction

June 8, 2013

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The nineteenth century was a time of much social upheaval across Europe, when liberal ideas came to challenge the dominating aristocratic dynasties. A movement towards freedom and equal rights was already on its way in the seventeenth century, but it became widespread in Europe after the French Revolution (1789-1799).  The declared aim of the leaders […]

The piano – its role and development in the nineteenth century

June 8, 2013

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The role of the piano in the 19th century musical scene The nineteenth century had seen an explosion in the development of musical instruments and an increase in the size of orchestras, traditional instruments being further improved and new instruments coming to life covering a wide range of the audible spectrum of sounds. After the […]