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A History of Jazz Music

A History of Jazz Music

Jazz music first appeared in the late 19th and early 20th-century. It was when American and European styles of music were exposed to African folk music and culture, creating the new music genre that we know as “jazz”. Jazz evolved drastically over the years, with artists creating their own altered styles. ...

When Did MTV Stop Playing Music Videos?

When Did MTV Stop Playing Music Videos?

Since the early 80s, MTV has been the hallmark of music videos. However, MTV's popularity began to decrease with the advent of social media apps and YouTube. From the early 2000s, they reduced playing music videos and started releasing different shows instead. MTV has a special place in music history thanks to the ...

A Brief History of Country Music

A Brief History of Country Music

Country music has its roots back in the 1900s when it gained widespread popularity amongst the working-class Americans in the southern states, particularly eastern Tennessee and southwest Virginia. Country music originated from the combination of English ballads with Irish and Celtic fiddle songs, with a touch of ...

The Origins and History of Rock Music

The Origins and History of Rock Music

Rock music was influenced by various African-American music genres in the late 1940s to early 1950s period, including gospel, rhythm and blues, country, jump blues, and jazz, in addition to boogie-woogie. And while the term “Rock ‘n’ Roll” wasn’t coined till the early 1950s, some traces of the genre could be heard ...

Characteristics of Classical Music

Characteristics of Classical Music

Classical music followed the Baroque period in the 17th and early 18th centuries. It lasted roughly from 1750 to 1820. It is characterized by less complex materials, thinner textures, and a predominance of homophonic harmony. In terms of musical structure, there was more diversity and contrast. Still, it is ...

Characteristics of Renaissance Music

Characteristics of Renaissance Music

The “Renaissance” which translates as "Rebirth," was the period of remarkable innovation and discovery from 1400 to 1600. It consisted of polyphonic texture, new instruments, tonal music, incorporating dissonance, and blending as opposed to contrasting. Medieval and Renaissance comprise the first and second halves ...

Characteristics of Baroque Music

Characteristics of Baroque Music

The Baroque music period was between 1600 and 1750, after the Renaissance. It was characterized by contrast, layered melodies, monody, dynamics, and ornamentation. It also aided the rise of instrumental music. The Baroque period saw a significant development of the musical norms and traditions that were previously ...

Characteristics of Romantic Period Music

Characteristics of Romantic Period Music

The Romantic Period lasted from 1850 to 1900. Characteristics of this period are expanding forms, increased dissonance, program music, organic unity, and concert life. The expression of more individual and emotional experiences was a given during this period. Composers didn’t reuse their material in new ...

10 of The Shortest Songs Ever Released

10 of The Shortest Songs Ever Released

This list goes over some of the shortest songs ever recorded and released in music history. The average duration of a song comes in between two and a half minutes to five minutes. This is the most common occurrence for songs to be in this time range.While many people would ask themselves "what are the shortest ...

Medieval Music – All You Need To Know

Medieval Music – All You Need To Know

Medieval music is classified as music composed and performed in the Middle Ages until the Renaissance. Have you ever wondered what Medieval music was really like? This article explains everything you need to know about this type of music, from the instruments used, to its characteristics, most popular songs, and ...

What Was the Best Decade for Music?

What Was the Best Decade for Music?

Every generation claims that they have the best music. Older people will often remark that “music is not what it used to be”, but is this true? Is music today better than what it was a decade ago? Is there even such a thing as the “best” decade for music? According to a poll by YouGovAmerica that surveyed the ...

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