Page
  1. 1
    1
  2. 2
    2

Historical Periods of Music.

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

Historical Periods of Music Renaissance ~ (1500 - 1600) Byrd, William was England's mot prominent composer during the reigns of Elizabeth I and James I. His music had great religious belief and a large emotional power of the audience. Due to the period in which he composed, he mainly composed Sacred music for the church. Before Byrd's time, sacred music consisted solely of vocals because people felt that by adding instruments, it would take away from the strength of the words. Later in the Renaissance period, instruments were introduced and they used an antiphonal effect. I listened to William Byrd's "Pavana for the Earle of Salisbury". It is contrapuntal, which was mainly featured in this period. There are no vocals in the piece, which means that it was composed later in the Renaissance. It has a very slow tempo, which is suggested in it's title suggested; "Pavana" meaning slow. There was a harpsichord, where the chords are followed closely by the main melody. If the two parts were played separately, then it highlighted the equality if the time, where there wasn't a melody and accompaniment, but two equally important lines of music. ...read more.

Middle

The piece that I chose to look at was composed by Ludwig van Beethoven and called "Piano Sonata in C minor, Pathetique",Mvt.3 There was a focus on the timbre, and it being graceful, but there was no feelings or emotions, so to me it felt slightly empty and as though the music was not for the purpose of listening to. Sonata music was a new concept that had been developed in this period. This type of music can be divided up into three main sections; exposition, development and recapitulation. I could hear this in the piece, because to start with, there were two main themes, that were clearly different and then these two themes went onto to be developed into two new themes. Finally I could hear the original themes being repeated. The tempo of the piece is constant and very fast. The tone was homophonic, which made it very precise and all movement of the music was made together. This upheld the gracefulness of the music. ...read more.

Conclusion

There are many types of modern music; Impressionism, Surrealism, Neo-Classical, Minimalism, Atonalism and Electronics. The changes of the times influenced largely the music, which was produced. I found a electronic piece of music by Karlheinz Stockhausen, called "Song of the Young Men" This type of music could only be in the class if it was composed after the 1950s due to the need for the technology that it required for it to be composed, recorded and preformed. The piece is telling a story, but it is very hard to understand it as it is very complicated and you are focusing mainly on the diversity of the sounds compared to 'normal' compositions. There are strings, flutes and a piano, which sound polyphonic and at some points clashes, because so much is going on. Although form what we here, we maybe led to believe that the piece is being preformed by a small group, it is normally just one person playing one instrument to a track of themselves, they had previously recorded and altered. Even though the pieces sound quite complex, it is likely that they are in fact simple parts, edited and put together to give the impression of complexity. Melissa Quazi Music 20.11.02 ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our AS and A Level Music section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related AS and A Level Music essays

  1. Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov's Concerto for Trombone, composed in 1878. The work is one that I ...

    This contrast is continued through into T with Lindberg arriving at a much more driving tempo than Law. The cadenza, is the biggest contrast of the work. Law plays the traditional written cadenza, with only minor changes, where the cadenza by Lindberg is significantly more virtuosic.

  2. Trace the development of harmony from Schumann through Brahms to Debussy. Drawing on ...

    in the left hand bars 9, 19 and 56). On a structural level, it was pointed out that consecutive harmonic pauses, such as those at bars 4, 8 and 14 display similar relationships. The key signature shows four sharps, suggesting either E major or c-sharp minor as the tonic and the music is often ambiguous as to which of these is the true home key.

  1. Performance Investigation: Bolling Suite for Flute and Jazz Piano Trio: Baroque and Blue

    At around '30 (E) in the Bolling recording you can hear what appears to be a member of the group singing along; and while this adds a certain authenticity to the sound, it would not be tolerated in a more modern recording as demonstrated in the second recording with the

  2. The Effect of Music on Performance of a Task

    However, to test this properly the participants must be tested individually to compare the scores, a study that would require concentration on social influence. The results of my study contrast those of Stough et al.(1994), who found that classical music did not affect the performance of an IQ test.

  1. Baroque Period

    phrases and well-spaced cadences * Unchanging affekt * Fast harmonic rhythm * Series of first inversion chords, series of suspensions, seventh chords on any degree of the scale, Phrygian cadence, hemiola, circle-of-fifths, sequence, tierce de Picardie, lack of dynamic markings and performance directions, only rarely distant modulations (usually to one degree flat or sharp)

  2. Baroque music

    The way the classical form grew was different to the start of the previous Baroque era, the classical era cannot be marked and the start cannot be represented, it just began to form as composers came from over Europe to study in Vienna, known as the musical capital of Europe.

  1. The Effect of Music on Performance of a Task

    The results show that different kinds of music have a different effect on the listener. Slow music increased the score on the anagram test and fast music had a detrimental effect when compared to having no music at all. In hypothesis one, the effect of the two types of music was evident.

  2. In this assignment I am going to be explaining and assessing how I think ...

    The Beach Boys actually also used the Theremin on one of their tracks Good Vibrations in the 1960s. The Theremin however is one of the earliest fully electronic musical instruments. It is unique in that it was the first musical instrument designed to be played without being touched.

  • Over 180,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work

Marked by a teacher

This essay has been marked by one of our great teachers. You can read the full teachers notes when you download the essay.

Peer reviewed

This essay has been reviewed by one of our specialist student essay reviewing squad. Read the full review on the essay page.

Peer reviewed

This essay has been reviewed by one of our specialist student essay reviewing squad. Read the full review under the essay preview on this page.