This post offers a broad view of humanity’s musical customs. It explores the evidence for prehistoric music making, and it explains how music got passed down through the ages. Musical instruments, traditions, and notation systems are also examined.
This blog post is about the nineteenth-century Romantic composer/pianist Robert Schumann (1810-1856).
It focuses on Schumann’s struggle with neurosyphilis and how this infirmary deformed his final musical compositions.
One of these final compositions, an unusual piece known as Theme and Variation in E-flat Major, “Ghost Variations,” is considered as an example.
This blog post provides a summary of German organist and composer, Johann Sebastian Bach. It examines The Well-Tempered Clavier, one of his large-scale musical works, in some detail. This piece is one of the most important keyboard works ever written, this post explains why.
This blog post is about the sixteenth-century religious movement known as the Reformation. It covers the effects the Reformation had upon music as well as two of the movement’s most significant figures: Martin Luther and William Byrd.
This blog post is about the music of the Renaissance. It covers the important figures and the intellectual trends of the period.
This blog post covers the rise of polyphonic chant during the Middle Ages. It focuses on the tradition’s development in southern France and its coming of age in northern France. Two famous composers, Leonin and Perotin–liturgical musicians operating at the Notre Dame Cathedral School–are also covered.