Monthly Archives: November 2012

Music style – Court air

Music characteristics

Poem written to be declaimed with the luth. The music writing follows the words, as in plain chant. There are polyphonic pieces as well as solo pieces.

History

France, 16th century.

Main interpreters today

Pierre Guédron, Claude Lejeune, Antoine Boësset, Pierre Moulinié

Example to hear and see

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Na8TjMTOguE

Photo : Pierre Guédron playing luth in the piece “Adorable Princesse”

Post written and published by Françoise Delsaux (Arpege Music Software Development)

Music style : Acid

Musical characteristics

The word acid means different musical genres including electronic is the main acid house.In terms of musical characteristics, the use of a sampler and synthesizer Roland TB-303 bassline (producing sounds called “acid”) next usual rock instruments is characteristic of acid house, as well as the repetitive side of this music.

History

Anglo-Saxon style born in the 1980s and which has ramifications to the 21th century. Acid is an electronic music which unhappily has been or may be associated with the use of LSD. Acid techno, acid trance, break acid and acid core come from acid

Main examples (music trend/composers/music pieces) :

Acid Dreams (band)

Luc Vibert (modern acid house)

Photo : Acid Dreams band in concert

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Music style : “A(lla) cap(p)ella”

Musical caracteristics :

Expression of choral chant which needs no instrumental accompaniment, but only uses human voice.

History :

Until the 18th century, the word “A cappella”, born in Europe, nominates a liturgical piece for 4 mixed voices, which uses simple harmony, strict counterpoint or imitation.

During the 19th century, the “A cappella” chant is not any more used in sacred music area and is related to any polyphonic vocal practise without instrument (like madrigal).

In the 20th century, “A cappella” is also used to qualify popular vocal music.

Main examples (music trend/composers/music pieces) :

Gregorian chant

Lotti, “Missa brevis”

Link : 

http://www.s-clements.org/AudioFiles/05Eastertide/Kyrie_Massfor8Voices.mp3

Post written and published by Françoise Delsaux (Arpege Music Software Development)

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