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  The DoveSong Foundation, Inc. -- About Western Classical Music
Classical music is a term that is applied to a body of notated European music that extends back in time to the first millennium (We use the term Western to differentiate this music from the classical music from other parts of the world).
From its inception, Western classical music was the music composed for the liturgy of the catholic religion to be sung in European churches and monasteries.
These composers introduced a new music to European audiences early in the century that no longer was based on the natural harmonic laws that all great cultures on the planet have based the harmonies and melodies of their music.
www.dovesong.com /positive_music/archives/about_western_classical.asp   (840 words)

 Classical music - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Classical music is a broad, somewhat imprecise term, referring to music produced in, or rooted in the traditions of, Western art, ecclesiastical and concert music, encompassing a broad period from roughly 1000 to the present day.
Also, the classical era is marked by the disappearance of the harpsichord and the clavichord in favour of the piano, which from then on would become the predominant instrument for keyboard performance and composition.
The instruments used in common practice classical music were mostly invented before the mid-19th century (often, much earlier), and codified in the 18th and 19th centuries.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Western_classical_music   (2679 words)

 Classical music - Uncyclopedia
Classical music is music that conforms to the classical unities of action, place and time.
There are a few pieces of modern music that break this unity (for example Stockhausen's helicopter quartet), but the only legitimate reason for placing an orchestra on a train has been to demonstrate the Doppler effect, or to locate them in the conductor's natural environment.
Pieces of music which are long enough to require intervals in their performance (for example, opera) are not deemed classical, but form part of the wider genre of soap opera.
uncyclopedia.org /wiki/Classical_music   (243 words)

 Indian classical music
The roots of Indian classical music are religious and lay in the Vedic hymns of the Hindu temples.
Though Indian music is modal in character, ragas should not be mistaken as modes that one hears in the music of the Middle and Far Eastern countries, nor be understood to be a scale, melody per se, a composition, or a key.
The traditional recital of Indian classical music begins with the alap section, the stately and serene exploration, the gradual and meditative unfolding of the structure, theme and rasa of a chosen raga.
www.cosmopolis.ch /english/music/64/indian_classical_music.htm   (1953 words)

 Music Gallery India Peter Cetera Compendia Music   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Subramaniam, India’s violinist, also known as “The Paganini of Indian Classical music”, “the God of Indian Violin”, is the serenity of an Indian musician combined with the magnetism of a western “star”.
After initial training in vocal music and percussion, he switched to the violin and took the musical world by storm when he gave his first violin performance at the tender age of six.
Subramaniam is the only musician who has performed/recorded Carnatic Classical Music, Western Classical Music, both Orchestral and non-Orchestral, and also composed for and conducted major Orchestras, collaborated with a wide range of some of the greatest musicians, from different genres of music including jazz, occidental, jugalbandis with North Indian musicians, world music and global fusion.
www.musicgalleryindia.com /Subramainiam.htm   (788 words)

 TimnaTal Music archives   (Site not responding. Last check: )
The Classical music traditions of Turkish, Arabic and western music are all based on the same musical theories of scale building credited to the ancient Greek Pythagoras.
Classical Arabic composers show their skill in the development of these quarter-tones not through harmony or polyphony(as in the West), but through melody.
While Turkish Classical music went through a parallel period of early development with the Arabs, the high point in the development of the Turkish Classical style was during the Ottoman Empire period from the 15th through the 20th centuries.
www.timnatalmusic.com /articles.htm   (1243 words)

 Western Classical Music - Indian Music
The term Western Classical Music focuses primarily on the development of music in the European region.
A characteristic of classical music is the complexity of the composed music.
For example, there are many classical music lovers who continue to experience the grandeur of Mozart's works at home on CD or attend specially held recitals to marvel at the maestro that Mozart was.
www.indiaparenting.com /indianculture/music/music003.shtml   (801 words)

 European classical music Summary
Classical, about 1730–1820, an important era which established many of the norms of composition, presentation and style.
Finally, while equal temperament became gradually accepted as the dominant musical tuning during the 19th century, different historical temperaments are often used for music from earlier periods.
Classical music needs to be heard in houses all around the world.
www.bookrags.com /European_classical_music   (2680 words)

 Music and Sahaja Yoga
Indian classical music, which is based on the primal sound OM, emits such vibrations, and also many of the works written by the great Western classical music composers.
Nevertheless, music doesn't have to be classical to have that divine coefficient.
Music and Sahaja Yoga is both a complete manual on Indian Classical Music and the result of a intensive study on how this music interacts with our subtle system.
www.sahajayoga.org /Music   (430 words)

The history of Carnatic music points to a tremendous rejuvenation in its practice and popularity with the contributions of the saints Sri Purandharadasaru (15th century A.D.), Sri Thyagarajar, Sri Shyama Sastri (all of 18th century A.D.), and left an enduring legacy of compositions.
Carnatic music is based on a 22 scale note contrary to the 12 note scale that is used in the western classical music.
Western music is mostly based on flat notes whereas, here, the notes are performed with modulations.
www.omlinga.com /music.html   (785 words)

 What Kind of Music is That?
The short answer is: Western music is generally tonal, based on major or minor scales, using an equal temperament tuning, in an easy-to-recognize meter, with straightforward rhythms, fairly strict rules on harmony and counterpoint, and not much improvisation.
Tonal music is music in which the progression of the melody and harmony gives the strong feeling that the piece has a note and chord that are its "home base", so to speak (the tonic of the key).
Music that goes even further, and freely uses all the notes of the chromatic scale, but still manages to have a tonal "home", is called chromatic.
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 Listening to Indian Classical Music
Western music tends to use only a few popular meters for almost all of its music, and these meters are usually felt as repetitions of two, three, or four beats.
If the music has an Indian-sounding melody, but features a nasal-sounding vocalist and seems to have the simpler rhythms and bigger harmonies of Western music, you may be listening to Indian pop music, a genre largely developed by and for India's extensive movie industry.
If you have an ear well-trained in Western music, you may want to listen for the scale notes used by the raga and their relationship to the drone notes, and try to figure out the number of beats in the tala.
cnx.org /content/m12502/latest   (1916 words)

 Indian Classical Music - Indian Music
Indian classical music is believed to have originated from the Vedas, the oldest of scriptures of Hinduism.
Western music is polyphonic, which means that it depends on the resonance of multiple musical notes occurring together.
In contrast, in Indian classical music it is common to have the performer improvise on the composition he is rendering, similar to the way a jazz musician does in the West.
www.indiaparenting.com /indianculture/music/music002.shtml   (940 words)

 Indian Classical Music
Hindustani Classical Music is an Indian classical music tradition that took shape in northern India in the 13Th and 14Th centuries AD from existing religious, Folk, And theatrical performance practices.
Thus, Hindustani classical music inherits the oldest musical tradition in humanity.[citation needed] The Samaveda, one of the four Vedas, Describes its theory at length.
Hindustani classical music is based upon ragas and taals, each designed to affect different "chakras" (energy centers, or "moods") in the path of the "Kundalini".
indian-classicalmusic.blogspot.com   (353 words)

Then in addition to such infrastructure, there is in Western classical music a greater overall structure which allows one part of an entire piece, such as in a symphony or concerto, to relate to its preceding or subsequent part in a manner which is not strictly or as directly mathematical, or equational.
This interrelating of music by sections, which can also be accomplished by remarkable changes in tempo, for example, imitates the mode of human perception itself, and which perception can definitely be influenced by mood, by temperament, or even by situation and circumstance, all of which can be portrayed in the language of music.
A newcomer to classical music may be the best teacher of this realization, whereby the overall work will start to make sense as it becomes more and more familiar through repeated listening.
www.starkmusic.com /index7.html   (2185 words)

 World Music Central - Classical Persian Music
The classical music of Iran is in some ways similar and analogous to the classical musics of the Arabic world, Turkey and even India, but it is also a self-contained system more or less independent of its neighbors.
The history of Persian music in the twentieth century has seen the development of strategies for survival in the face of Western music, and these strategies often involved borrowing from those elements in which Western music is strong.
For example, Western notation has been adapted to Persian music and while it has done its share to change the character of Persian music, it has also increased the degree to which Iranian music students are willing to learn their tradition.
www.worldmusiccentral.org /article.php?story=20030414200427528   (1139 words)

 Western classical music, made and loved in China
Classical music arouses few of the political and nationalist sensitivities that have made it harder for other kinds of Western culture or media to take root in China.
Musical talent was one of the few things that could offer an escape from harsh labor in the countryside, where tens of millions of urban youth were sent to commune with peasants.
Classical music, Chinese critics say, is still treated too often like a technology that can be mastered with the right combination of capital, labor and quality control.
www.chinadaily.com.cn /china/2007-04/03/content_842257.htm   (2137 words)

 FAQ on Indian Classical Music
Indian music is essentially monophonic (single melody format or homophonic) while Western music can be polyphonic (multiple notes played or sung in harmonised unison), monophonic or a combination of both.
Western classical music is based upon the equal tempered scale, and rests upon melody, harmony and counterpart while Swara and Tala are the two basic components of Indian classical music.
The main difference between these two musical forms is that the Dhrupad is rigidly bound by the composition and the tala, within which all improvisation has to be made.
www.itcsra.org /sra_faq_index.html   (1439 words)

Western classical music history is traditionally understood as beginning with plainchant (also called "Gregorian" chant), the vocal religious practice of the Roman Catholic Church.
The Baroque era of Western classical music is usually defined as the period from 1600 to 1750.
With regard to Western music, the latter half of the 18th Century is often called the "Classical" period; the music of this period is considered very different from that of the Baroque period.
www.columbia.edu /itc/music/ito/history   (4911 words)

 alan little’s weblog
But now we come to Indian classical music, which seems to be very much alive and thriving (in contrast to the current state of western classical music) – and also (possible causal connection here) absolutely buzzing with change and innovation that everybody seems to be quite open about.
Chaurasia, a bamboo flute player, is one of the most famous classical musicians in India – but apparently before he came along the flute wasn’t a particularly prominent classical instrument, and the flutes he plays are non-standard ones of his own design.
All this inventing, developing and adapting instruments was in full swing in the golden age of western classical music too.
www.alanlittle.org /weblog/IndianMusic.html   (1040 words)

 Amazon.fr : Chronology of Western Classical Music: Livres en anglais: Charles J. Hall   (Site not responding. Last check: )
This chronology covers music from the classical period to the end of the 20th century, with Volume 1 ranging from 1751 to 1900 and Volume 2 from 1901 to 2000.
Hall (Andrews Univ.) includes only "cultivated/art music," meaning that pop music and jazz are excluded, as well as anything that could be considered "ethnic" or otherwise outside a fairly conservative view of Western art music.
Nine categories of musical events follow, among them "Births" and "Deaths" (both further subdivided into composers, conductors, singers, performers, and others); "Debuts"; "Prizes/Honors"; and "Biographical Highlights." The last category in each year, "Musical Compositions," is the largest, encompassing chamber music, choral and vocal music, orchestral and band music, ballets, symphonies, and more.
www.amazon.fr /Chronology-Western-Classical-Music-Charles/dp/0415938783   (780 words)

 The Hindu : Kerala / Kozhikode News : Treat for Western classical music enthusiasts
Harmony Calicut, a cultural and musical organisation that has organised the event, felt the need for arranging a platform for students to showcase their talents.
Students of western music are allowed to play the violin, guitar and keyboard.
Prasad Kurien, music consultant to Harmony, says that students are now attracted to western classical music.
www.hindu.com /2006/05/14/stories/2006051408420300.htm   (258 words)

 Sri Lankan Music
Sri Lanka had traditional folk music from the beginning of its race, which has been enjoyed and developed under the Buddhist environment.They were used by the ordinary people.
Kolam music based on law country tunes and it is not a developed form of music, as tunes were not developed.
British wanted to introduce western music to Sri Lanka during their period of rule from 1815.It was a success and soon Sri Lankan were able to learn the piano as it was not that difficult to learn as Indian music.
www.mysrilanka.com /travel/lanka/art/music.htm   (448 words)

 Music Guides - Ellopos Guide to Classical Music
We don't have here the "geniuses of all ages", but musical indications of the European thought and feeling, an attempt of understanding them in a simple and immediate manner, which awaits for others' response and participation to be completed.
Its modes influenced Gregorian chant, and its instruments were adopted by the western classical music - a lot of the relevant moralising too!...
A great influense to many later classical compositions of a religious inclination if not inspiration, to the degree that, as time passes and especially in and after romanticism, it becomes something like the Ithaca of the classical music (and not only: even pop flirts with it!)
www.ellopos.net /music/guides   (1172 words)

There is an extensive discussion on the six major categories of instruments used in classical music: bowed strings, woodwind, brass, percussion, keyboard, and the guitar family.
The history of music from Gregorian chants to contemporary music is a must-read if you want a crash course.
Then there is the Conservatory that takes you through historical periods of western classical music from the medieval to the 20th century.
www.rediff.com /dirsrch/html_out/music/western/classical/index.html   (1172 words)

 What Are Makams?
By the time of J.S. Bach, Western classical music had developed into a system of tuning known as equal temperament, where the musical octave is divided into 12 equally spaced half-tones.
Arabic classical music went through an important period of early development during the 9th through the 12th centuries when the Arabs ruled large parts of the Middle East, North Africa and southern Europe.
While Turkish classical music went through a parallel period of early development with the Arabs, the high point in the development of the Turkish classical style is during the Ottoman Empire period from the 15th through the 20th centuries.
www.hinesmusic.com /What_Are_Makams.html   (887 words)

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