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Similarities Between Metal and Classical Music

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Sean Panacci

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Transcript of Similarities Between Metal and Classical Music

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Heavy Metal
- Genre of rock music that developed in the late 1960s and early 1970s

- Developed largely in the United Kingdom and the United States
Roots in blues rock and psychedelic rock

- Characterized by a thick, massive sound, featuring heavy use of distortion, extended guitar solos, emphatic beats, and overall loudness.
By Sean Panacci
Similarities Between Metal and Classical Music
Heavy Metal
- Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple, and Black Sabbath are considered Pioneers of the genre (1970s)

- During the mid-1970s, Judas Priest helped spur the genre's evolution by discarding much of its blues influence

- Motörhead introduced a punk rock sensibility and an increasing emphasis on speed.

-Beginning in the late 1970s, the New Wave of British Heavy Metal had spawned
Styles of Metal
Alternative metal • avant-garde metal • Christian metal • drone metal • folk metal • funk metal • grindcore • industrial metal • metalcore • neo-classical metal • nu metal • post-metal • rap metal • sludge metal • stoner metal • symphonic metal • Viking metal
Classical Music
Classical music is art music produced or rooted in the traditions of Western music (both liturgical and secular). It encompasses a broad span of time from roughly the 11th century to the present day.
Background
Information
Classical Music
Famous composers include
- Johann Sebastian Bach
- Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
- Ludwig van Beethoven
- Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
- Frederic Chopin
Classical Music
- Noted for its development of highly sophisticated forms of instrumental music

- These include the concerto, symphony, sonata, suite, étude, symphonic poem, opera, and others.
- Along with a desire for composers to attain high technical achievement in writing their music, performers of classical music are faced with similar goals of technical mastery
Similarities
Complexity
- Often little repetition within songs
- Irregular time signatures are used to
create less predictable and more interesting music
- Musicians must require a large amount
skill to perform these genres
- The complex nature leads to more meaningful music and a greater appreciation of the composer's style.
- Technical rhythms such as polyrhythms are common
Examples
Classical
Metal

Fantasie Impromptu Op 66
Frederic Chopin

Palms Read
Protest the Hero
Science
Adrian North, an American university professor, researched the psychological similarities between music fans
- In his study, metal listeners were above all else creative, at ease with themselves and introverted — qualities he also found in classical listeners
- This gentle and creative persona allows both listeners to then freely encounter nontraditional occurrences (like non-mainstream music) with a more open mind than their peers
Science
Fans of both metal and classical are attracted to uniqueness, which pushes listeners out of the mainstream and into more removed pockets of music subculture.
Heavy metal attracts a younger crowd while classical usually draws older listeners; despite this, both have the same motivation to hear something dramatic and theatrical, “love of the grandiose.”
Classical Influence in Metal
Song Analysis
Palms Read - Protest the Hero
- Extremely quick tempo

- Structured miscellaneously, without chorus or verse

- Guitar is lead instrument and is heavily distorted, though playing scales similar to that of Chopin and other romantic period composers

- Rhythm is accented with the bass drum, bass-guitar, and rhythm guitar all playing in unison

- Guitar sweeping is used, an extremely quick picking technique that emulates the arpeggios played by classical composers on a piano

- Mood is constantly changing, but constantly cinematic like most classical music


The End.

No Kahoot.
People who enjoy one of these genres, but not the other, why?
Discussion
Questions with Prizes
Name three types of Metal

What behaviors do classical and metal fans have in common?

When did Metal begin?
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