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New PDF release: 50 Moments that Rocked the Classical Music World

By Darren Henley, Sam Jackson

ISBN-10: 1908739738

ISBN-13: 9781908739735

An eclectic, enjoyable and informative advisor to the 50 moments that modified classical track ceaselessly, from technological advances in song recording and sensible ideas, to landmark concert events, the births and deaths of the nice composers, and masses extra. released in partnership with vintage FM, the booklet could have a large entice classical song enthusiasts of all types, looking both to coach, tell and entertain, and uncovers a wealthy and infrequently unforeseen heritage of classical track. Written by means of the authors of the bestselling The vintage FM corridor of status and every little thing You Ever desired to learn about Classical song ... yet have been Too Afraid to invite, 50 Moments that Rocked the Classical song international is the ideal present for the classical track aficionado, in addition to an individual new to the style seeking to get their first foothold at the mountain of classical song.

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Up until this point, the only known type of music was monophonic. In other words, it had just one, single melodic line, with not much else going on. With the advent of polyphony, music suddenly became rather interesting: two or more melodies could be heard simultaneously, meaning it was possible to add harmonies, embellishments and all sorts of other exciting new ideas to what we might nowadays simplistically call the ‘tune’. This new form of music was by no means ‘discovered’ in the 9th century, though; rather, it evolved and developed over the best part of six centuries, being widely used within musical circles only from the 1400s onwards.

But what must surely rank as the shortest symphony ever composed dates from this century. In 2002, Michael Wolters’s Spring Symphony: The Joy of Life was given its premiere performance at the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival. According to the composer, the piece was never actually intended to be performed. Instead, he describes it as ‘conceptual rather than realistic’, and it was only when urged by a friend to have the piece played in public that Wolters relented. The work is so fleeting that the composer attempted to get it recognised in the Guinness Book of World Records as the world’s shortest symphony.

If it’s not, prepare to be disappointed, because we’re not going to be exploring the finer details of this particular medical procedure. In terms of pinpointing an exact moment when castrati became commonplace in the performance of classical music, we’re going to plump for around 1550. Admittedly, there are records to show that castration was taking place in ancient times, as far back as 2500 BC; however, it wasn’t until the 16th century that the practice became commonly associated with music. The sole musical advantage of castration is that it retains in an adult male the pure, pre-pubescent singing voice of his youth.

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