Recently, Maggie and I got to talking about modern music – specifically, beautiful modern melodies. We agreed that film scores have greatly contributed to the “melody” world – and then there are the pieces that have pretty melodies but sound “film-y”.
For our 50th post, we thought we’d do something fun – a joint post of 25 of our favorite things! Enjoy! Continue reading
This week we’re doing another joint post! To start us out, Cammi will share her favorite musical websites/blogs, and Maggie will weigh in next.
We musicians are always boasting about how diverse music is. It’s art, it’s science, it’s mathematics. A lot of mathematics. Sadly, no one believes us – after all, how mathematical can music get? Aside from pitch frequencies, we never have to deal with numbers. Right?
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-Cammi and Maggie
Since Mozart’s Birthday was on January 27th, I felt a little pressure to post about him this Monday. But I didn’t want to write up a biography about him – of which there are gazillions on the WWW. And no, I didn’t want to post “10 Interesting Facts about Mozart” – there are already hundreds of those oh-so-intriguing lists as well. (The interesting facts usually consist of Mozart’s DOB, his wife’s name, that the cause of his death is unknown, and that it is also unknown whether Beethoven and Mozart actually met.) No, I wanted to bring you guys a fun post, full of truly intriguing bits of information about Mozart! I’ve divided the post into multiple categories, which include my favorite Mozart quotes, fun stories about Mozart, and some of his most widely played works. So, let’s get started!
John Field. He sounds like a modern American composer, doesn’t he?
Actually, Field lived in the gap between the end of the Classical Period and the beginning of the Romantic Period. Mozart was 26 when Field was born and Field was 28 when Chopin was born. Field was a musical pioneer and, though a lesser-known composer, he was a major influence on many Romantic composers, particularly Chopin. Continue reading