History of Classical Music Part 1

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History of Classical Music Part 1

As a flute player, you may not even realize how important it is to know more about the history of music and especially the history of classical of music especially.

Today in this article we’ll take a brief look at this genre ‘name’, but most likely we’ll continue the discussion in a future lesson.

There are certain ‘rules’ that go along with each genre.

I will be teaching you the signs, signals, and special characteristics you need to know as a flutist. Obviously these lessons are best taught in video lessons where I can show you the exacts – so look forward to those within the membership area in the lesson modules… at the appropriate time and stage of your development.

With that being said, let’s learn more about this genre-name of music.

The term ‘classical’ can have more than one meaning. The first is the type of music composed or actual ‘genre’ (1750-1820) that came directly after the baroque period of time. I say directly, but really there are subsets of smaller genres of music that are smeared between the two styles. Of course, there’s no perfect start and end date to any genre. Think of it like a watercolor painting where the colors kind of blend until it ends up clearly an entirely different color from the first.

The second meaning of the words ‘classical music’ is the meaning of the type of music that is traditionally learned by reading directly from a score and learning how to play it exactly as the composer or arranger meant for it to be played- as opposed to a style of music that was passed down for generations by ear – like Irish, Jazz, Folk, etc.

If anything, this article should just open your eyes to the fact that knowing more about the actual type of music you are playing should give you clues as to HOW it should be played. There are certain ‘rules’ that go along with each genre. Understanding this will make you a much wiser musician for sure.

Let’s continue this discussion in both the comment section here, and also in the next article all about the history of classical music.

Have any questions? Comment below and I will help you out.

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