Music History
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, which followed the Baroque period in the 17th and early 18th centuries, lasted roughly from 1750 to 1820, is characterized mainly by shorter and less complex materials, thinner textures, and a predominance of homophonic harmony having an innovative but still domineering nature. In terms of musical ...

Characteristics of Renaissance Music

Characteristics of Renaissance Music

The “Renaissance” which translates as "Rebirth," was the period of remarkable innovation and discovery that spanned 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 ...

Characteristics of Baroque Music

Characteristics of Baroque Music

Characteristics of baroque music which took place in the time spent between 1600 and 1750, after the Renaissance, are contrast as a dramatic element, layered melodies, monody, dynamics, and ornamentation, besides the rise of the instrumental music. The Baroque period witnessed a significant development of the ...

Characteristics of Romantic Period Music

Characteristics of Romantic Period Music

Characteristics of Romantic Period music from 1850 to 1900, are expanding forms, increased dissonance, program music, organic unity, and concert life for being able to express more individual and emotional experiences to the audience. Composers didn’t reuse their own material in new compositions for the first time ...

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 ...

A Brief History of the Guitar – Where it All Began

A Brief History of the Guitar – Where it All Began

As one of the most popular instruments today, guitars deserve a significant place in the history of music. Although a modern-design guitar dates from just a couple of centuries ago, the fact is that people started to play various kinds of string instruments a very long time ago. The guitar's thorough history has ...

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