132 Answered Questions for the topic music history

Music History

04/12/19

Examples of songs or phrases played in different temperaments?

I've read about the fact that 12 tone equal temperament is a relatively recent phenomenon, and that historically, each key would have a different character due to the unequal temperament. I'm... more
Music History

04/12/19

Is the science of music still evolving?

Music History

04/12/19

Is the usage of scales (modes) in jazz music common practice?

A friend of mine told me that the usage of scales or modes in jazz music is not common. Even I heard myself in a Miles Davis interview that jazz is a tradition. So here are two questions basically:... more
Music History

04/12/19

Why is the double bass the only instrument in the violin family tuned in fourths?

Out of the 4 instruments of the violin family (Violin, Viola, Cello, Double Bass), the bass is the only instrument tuned in fourths. The double bass is generally tuned in fourths, in contrast to... more
Music History

04/12/19

Baroque music composed in the 21st century?

Which characteristically Baroque elements of music composition still have currency in the 21st century? Are there any 21st-century composers or songwriters who still compose primarily or largely in... more
Music History History Composition Theory

04/11/19

Who did introduce the mediant keys in to music harmony progression?

Which composer(s) introduced as the first time mediant chords and mediant keys in their compositions - or in which period the use of this kind of modulation was coming up?
Music History

04/10/19

Was the ancient Greek philosopher Pythagoras the first one who referred to a musical scale?

I' ve read that the ancient Greek philosopher Pythagoras was the first one who scientifically proved the theory of music. Also it is refered that he invented the Pythagorean musical scale. Was the... more
Music History

04/04/19

English Horn Etymology?

Why is the English Horn called a horn when it is a woodwind instrument, basically a lower oboe? When compared to other horns, such as the French Horn and the Flugelhorn, it seems to be a misnomer.
Music History

04/04/19

Important composers in transitional eras?

I understand Beethoven (and Schubert) to be very important composers in the transition from the Classical Era to the Romantic, such that they could be considered the first Romantic composers.Are... more
Music History

04/04/19

who were the first known people to play a reed instrument?

I would like to know who the first people to come up with the idea of reed instruments of any kind
Music History

04/04/19

How did Pythagoras and Ptolemy measure the relative pitch of musical notes?

Both Pythagoras and Ptolemy believed that the intervals between notes in music should be ratios of small integer numbers. This is known as Just Intonation. Pythagoras liked them to derived from... more
Music History

04/04/19

How did people tune their instruments in the past?

Today we are using electronic tuners and know everything about frequencies but in the past, like before the 16th century, how could people tune their instruments? Did they tune them to specific... more
Music History

04/04/19

Who were the first "classical" composers to be recorded playing/conducting their own music?

The phonograph was invented in 1877. While the first versions of the technology had low fidelity and short playback time by modern standards, these limitations gradually lessened, and eventually... more
Music History

04/03/19

What musical instruments JS Bach owned and had purchased during his career?

What musical instruments JS Bach owned and had purchased during his career? Is there any historical information on Handel, Vivaldi, Beethoven, Scarlatti, Corelli, Tartini?
Music History

04/03/19

In ancient Greece, did they use the Pythagoras discovery of ratios to create tetra-chord?

To my **basic** understanding: In ancient Greek they were primarily using tetra-chords and there was three main standard divisions of these tetra-chords called genus.In the same era Pythagoras... more
Music History

03/27/19

Naming convention for augmented 6th chords?

There are three types of Augmented 6th chord the German, the Italian, and the French. Most chords are named for the intervals they contain or their function, but these seem like just arbitrary... more
Music History

03/27/19

What kind of skill did the average amateur pianist have in the classical era?

We hear of composers as the greats of the keyboard, but I imagine there were also a lot of people who had the time and money to learn to play in their own homes. Probably not a huge number, but I... more
Music History

03/27/19

The History of Southern Gospel and Spirituals?

I am interested in the history of Southern Gospels and Spirituals. 1. How did these styles begin? What are the history's behind them? Can you suggest an article concerning the history? 1. Are there... more
Music History

03/27/19

Congregational involvement in Protestant and Catholic services during the time of Luther?

How involved was the congregation in the performance of music in a Protestant service of Martin Luther and a Catholic service in the Counter-Reformation?
Music History

03/27/19

Why saxophone is so common in Jazz Music?

Since the invertor of the saxophone was from Belgium, how did the saxophone become so popular in jazz music? I mean, it was created by a European in the 1840's, it wasn't created by Americans at... more
Music History

03/27/19

Are there any documentaries on the subject of Medieval and/or Renaissance western music and its practice?

I am looking mostly for the essential information on polypohony, gregorian chant, techniques of the time and their development etc, in order to get a grasp of the subject, names and times so I can... more
Music History

03/27/19

Who was the first composer to notate a trombone smear?

I've been listening to Henry Fillmore's "Trombone Family". It brought me to thinking, how long have trombone smears been around in written sheet music? Was Fillmore, a.k.a. "Father of the Trombone... more
Music History

03/27/19

How did Mozart know about voice leading rules like consecutive fifths?

What education did Mozart receive in order to know basic harmony rules, like consecutive fifths are bad? And how did he make sure his compositions do not have errors? Did he have to check every... more
Music History

03/27/19

Regarding Schubert's Missing 'Gastein' Symphony?

My understanding has been that Schubert's 'Gastein Symphony' was presumed lost, until scholars realized it was in fact his 9th symphony (the 'Great'). But Wikipedia tells me the 7th Symphony, D.... more

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