132 Answered Questions for the topic music history

Music History

03/27/19

Why are key signatures put in a circle?

Why are key signatures arranged in a circle like it is today, why not a triangle... or a square? Who came up with the idea to arrange the key signatures in a circle?
Music History

03/26/19

What is the history of pop music?

Music History

03/26/19

Why note B is marked with H in Scandinavia and Germany?

At least in Scandinavia and Germany two notes are marked differently than in most other countries: - B -> H - B♭ -> B. I have heard that this is due to mistake in interpreting messy sheet... more
Music History

03/19/19

Where and how did music originate?

Music History

03/19/19

Why did Mozart only write two symphonies in a minor key?

Mozart wrote over fifty symphonies, but only two of them, the 25th and 40th, are in a minor key. Interestingly, those two are some of his most highly regarded and most often played works. Why did... more
Music History

03/19/19

Why does conventional playing style give the string manipulation to the left hand?

For the majority of players, the right hand is used for most tasks that require exacting manipulation: writing, throwing, etc. However, guitar, violin, lute, etc., etc., use the right hand for... more
Music History

03/19/19

When did the practice of exiting-reentering during applause in classical concerts start?

As the title suggests, I'm looking for some information on when the practice (concerning soloists and directors) of exiting and reentering the stage during an applause after a classical performance... more
Music History History Theory Modulation

03/19/19

When did the half-step/whole-step modulation in the middle of a song become popular?

Many pop songs in modern times will use a half step or a whole step modulation in the middle of a song in order to increase excitement. I would like to know when this strategy started, and if it is... more
Music History

03/19/19

Did the rain stick originate independently in multiple continents?

There is a traditional rain stick (percussion instrument) in African, Latin America, and I believe in Australia as well. Was it invented separately, or did one culture influence another?Here is a... more
Music History

03/19/19

Did baroque composers expect you to "bring out" the voices in their pieces, the way today's critics seem to enjoy in players?

So, I recently had a, sadly, way too short conversation with a pianist on the train. According to the guy, in the 17th and 18th century polyphonic keyboard works were *not* played in such a way... more
Music History

03/19/19

A pianist that used a wooden spacer/tool to artificially increase the length of their fingers?

I've once heard a story about a pianist of the past who wrote a music piece that critics told him was impossible to play - the length of any person's fingers wouldn't be sufficient. But he used... more
Music History

03/19/19

Which musicians have been the biggest innovators?

Music History

03/18/19

Historical origins of 8-count bars in dance vs 4-count bars in music?

I'm a dancer, and one of my dancer friends recently posed a question which I thought musicians might be able to answer.In our particular style of dance (west coast swing) and in many others that... more
Music History

03/18/19

What's the earliest known piece of polyphonic music?

Do we know what is the earliest known piece of polyphonic music? I know that there are some 12-th century composers like Léonin and Pérotin that did this kind of thing, but did they compose the... more
Music History

03/18/19

The development of the musical staff: If and when did it have fifteen lines?

I am doing research on music history and I cannot find information between the four line chant staff and the grand staff. Also, I do believe that at different times in its development the staff... more
Music History

03/18/19

Where did the term backbeat come from?

In most modern music in 4/4 beats 2 and 4 are where the snare hits are and are usually referred to as the backbeat. Normally in 4/4 the 2 and 4 beat would not be accented, but the snare hits do... more
Music History

03/18/19

Whose idea was it to put three pedals on a piano?

Whoever decided to put foot pedals on a piano? Do we know who did it, or do we only know the general period that this happened? I would like to know who did this and when did it happen?
Music History

03/18/19

Modern Harmonic Movements?

I know quite a bit about the progression of harmony during the common practice period and up to basic jazz theory, but anything beyond the early 20th century just drops off for me. I know a little... more
Music History

03/15/19

Did baroque composers think of ritardando on their compositions?

I've been always told that whenever I play any baroque piece on the piano, I should take special care when attending to, for example, the amount of right pedal I should use. It sounded perfectly... more
Music History

03/15/19

When was the first recorded usage of a musical score?

Music is quite universal in the sense that you can hand a musician almost anywhere in the world a piece of sheet music and they will be able to understand it. I've been wondering this for a while... more
Music History

03/14/19

How did popular music influence classical music?

In the baroque, classical, and romantic periods, how did popular "low culture" music influence the classical music produced during those periods? Were influences more frequently from previous... more
Music History

03/14/19

When was music theory first studied?

Music has been around for a long time, but how about music theory? What was the first instance of a publication on music theory?

03/14/19

Why isn't there a classical composer like Beethoven, Chopin or Mozart today?

Why there aren't composers writing in a classical style today? Why don't we hear of classical composers today like we do of Beethoven, Chopin or Mozart?
Music History Music

03/13/19

Although born elsewhere, Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven all settled in Vienna to study and gain recognition.

Is this statement true or false?
Music History

01/21/19

What are play-party songs?

I need help understanding definitions and writing them in my own words.

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