Op. 13, No. 3? Theme and Variations? G major? 1st violin? What?!
I admit, musician’s talk can be pretty confusing to a non-musician. So, in this blogpost, I’m going to compile some common terms and give a brief description of each. I know some of it is a little hard to grasp, but you’ll be the better for it if you bear with me. I’ll try to keep it as simple as possible. So, let’s get started! Continue reading
Tempo, or how fast or slow to play a piece, is one of the most basic components in music. It’s manipulated in a myriad of ways to define sections of music, establish a
mood, and add emotional depth. For many reasons, tempo is a crucial point in music and it’s good to understand what tempo markings are and, more importantly, why they’re there.
I’ll discuss the effects tempo can give a piece in this first section and then I’ll move on to a list of the tempi markings themselves.
Long ago, before the piano was invented, ornaments were the mainstay of keyboard works. The harpsichord was a popular instrument at that time, but it was limited in its Continue reading