132 Answered Questions for the topic music history

Music History

05/19/19

Is it a coincidence that "blue" notes are "chromatic"?

According to the OED:* The word "chromatic" has been applied to music with lots of accidentals since at least the 17th century.* In the 19th century, a "blue note" was one that was incorrect;... more
Music History

05/18/19

Need help understanding the difference between diatonic and chromatic semitones?

I am writing an essay on musical temperaments for which I was doing something extensive research on the history of tuning and how it evolved over time. I understand the Pythagorean tuning system... more
Music History

05/18/19

Why did Shostakovich not release his 4th, but did release his 5th symphony?

Why did Shostakovich not release his 4th, but did release his 5th symphony? (The 4th was released eventually, just not when it was written)
Music History

05/18/19

Has opera traditionally been enjoyed by aristocracy only or the masses too?

I was reading *A History of Opera* by Abbate and Parker. On page 19, they say "And although its financial basis has gradually broadened...opera in its primary form, theatrical form has typically... more
Music History

05/15/19

To Slash or not to Slash?

In years gone by, when I saw a chord marked, for example, A, I would use any inversion or voicing I felt was appropriate - still do; it doesn't *have* to be root position. Or does it? Is there an... more
Music History

05/14/19

At what point in history did the relationship between pitch and frequency become well-known among musicians?

I think I've read that even very ancient cultures were able to discern that an octave difference corresponded to a pipe of twice the length, and so on. But at what point were musicians and... more
Music History

05/14/19

Is a violin's shape (particularly the f-holes) necessary or is it just for aesthetics?

Violins have a rather beautiful design.... is such design ***necessary***? Is a violin's natural sound only achieved when it has this specific shape?I have a particular interest in the f-holes. Are... more
Music History

05/14/19

Are octaves, fifths, fourths and thirds considered as "consonant" in all music cultures?

Our western music culture revolves around the rule that certain intervals are very consonant, and others (such as the interval between a B and F) are dissonant. The octave is the most consonant... more
Music History

05/14/19

What's so important about Venice in the Baroque period?

Many famous Baroque musicians and composers, for example Vivaldi, were children of Venice and did their work there. What other reasons are there for Venice being a great spawning ground for Baroque... more
Music History

05/13/19

Where does the tradition of bowing after a performance come from?

Why do we bow after a performance? Where does this tradition come from? For how long has performers been doing this?Maybe there is some sort of interesting anecdote about this.
Music History

05/13/19

Why is the guitar tuned E A D G B E?

Why is the standard tuning for the guitar E A D G B E, from the lowest string to the highest? The interval between strings is a perfect 4th, except for the interval between the G and B strings,... more
Music History

05/12/19

Why does opera music matter? Can you explain why it’s significant?

Music History

05/12/19

What are three similarities between Rocksteady and Ska music

Music History

05/11/19

What is the origin of disco?

Music History

05/11/19

What is the historical time line of the diatonic and chromatic scales? (history pov)?

I was wondering the **historical** **origin** of the diatonic/chromatic scale and how it ended up looking the way it does now in our equal temperament system. And whats the difference between... more
Music History

05/10/19

How do archaic instruments affect contemporary music?

Many once-common instruments are now rare or obsolete. For example, some transposing instruments have fewer variants than they used to – the B♭ soprano clarinet has largely supplanted the A and C... more
Music History Music

05/07/19

How many different songs did Frank Sinatra record (not duplicate recordings of the same song)?

Including his earliest recordings and recordings made with other people.
Music History

05/07/19

Is there any evidence that JS Bach, A Vivaldi and J Handel had perfect pitch?

Is there any evidence that JS Bach, A Vivaldi and J Handel had perfect ear pitch? Perhaps, if one can spend so much time and energy to music he would develop some abilities.
Music History

05/06/19

What are the practical reasons for still having transposing instruments?

I understand that historically there was a need for transposing instruments. e.g. Brass instruments would use lead pipes to change their key and players in brass bands would like to stick to the... more
Music History

05/06/19

Vivaldi's "The Four Seasons", Who Chose the Title?

Did Vivaldi himself choose the title "The Four Seasons" and the titles for each of the four concerti, or they're chosen by publishers?
Music History

05/06/19

Record Label Instrumentals?

Does anyone know if record labels keep a copy of every instrumental of every song produced by their producers? I know that there are places online that have regenerated or reproduced instrumentals... more
Music History

05/06/19

Why did it take so long for keys with several accidentals to become common?

(I am referring mostly to the common practice period.) Before the advent of well temperament in the 1700s, moving very far from C was not done often because of the mean temperament causing out of... more
Music History

05/05/19

Chord Roles/Reputations?

Does there exist literature examining the particular psychological/emotional role/reputation of each chord in a movement? (For example, I am currently infatuated with IVmaj7, which is to say I... more
Music History

05/04/19

Why was the Forte-Piano abbreviated as 'Piano' and not as 'Forte'?

Piano is often just short for Forte-Piano, the instrument's christened name. Why is it that the more common name did not become the Forte? Is that just a thing that fate decided or was there... more

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