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The Influence of Classical Music On All Modern Genres.

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Ethan Little

on 26 March 2014

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Transcript of The Influence of Classical Music On All Modern Genres.

What did the Romantic Era influence?
Almost all music today focuses on self-expression, so it is simple to draw the connection between modern and romantic music. Romantic music was the essence of human exploration through instruments. It fell away from religious texts. Romanticism was a Godless journey to explain existence without God: which applies to the majority of modern music on the market. There is not a specific genre that Romanticsm influenced, because it influenced all of them. Rockers Led Zepplin site Romanticism as influential and often dabbled in occultic or mysticism. The Christian genre could be excluded on some accounts because its composers derive the foundation of their peices from Biblical text. However, most modern music must be included because of its originality and emotional expression.
What defines the classical period?
The classical period featured contrast within pieces. The mood often fluctuates and the rhythm is flexible. The texture is homophonic (when two or more parts move together in harmony). The melodies are tuneful and easy to remember. Famous composers of the Classical era include Joseph Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, and Shubert.
What has classical music influenced?
Classical music was the basis for almost all modern music today for one reason: The Classical Era first produced the chorus. To them, it was a short, memorable melody, often repeated throughout the song. One of the most famous melodies was the first four notes of Beethoven's 5th symphony. This means that the Classical Era influenced almost every genre of modern muic!
What defines Romantic music?
Romantic music was more personal and emotional. Composers designed freely, relying on feelings rather than set musical law. Large orchestras come into style, as well as melodies. Romanticism was influenced with humanism. The Era focused on finding and expressing human nature and the mystery, they felt, of creation and emotions. This is why Romantic music could be quite dissonant. The Romantic Era discovered the importance of originality and paved the way for music expression of all forms.
What defines the Baroque Era?
The Baroque Era directly preceded the Classical Era. The definition of Baroque is "imperfect pearl". It means extravagant, complex, or bizarre. The Baroque era is credited with the creation of tonality, as well as the establishment of the opera, contata, and concerto. Opposite of the classical era, The baroque era featured a unity of mood, a continuous rythm and melody, and a predominatly polophonic texture- which means that there were two melody lines, each fighting for the listener's attention. Baroque composers were known for their extravagant, frivolous, bizarre ornamentation of themeselves, their instruments, and overall performances.
What genre did the Baroque period influence?
Specifically, rock music. In both genres emotions are intense. Moods are usually unified.Many rock bands/ artists adopted the Baroque period's bizarre style of expression (Prince, Lady Gaga). Rock bands drew inspiration from composers such as Bach, influencing the intensty of their music.
The Influence of Classical, Baroque, and Romantic Music On Modern Genres
The Classical, Romantic and Baroque eras all influenced modern genres today. They were the foundation of modern music. From the classical we derived the chorus, a focal point of almost of song. From the Baroque period was derived the extreme character that we see in rock and pop bands. From the Romantic period was derived originality and artistic expression. All of these eras, popularized by Bach, Beethoven, Liszt, Mozart, Debussy, and many more, laid the foundation of modern genres. Each time you listen to contemporary music, remember where it came from.
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