Beethoven Piano Sonatas

Music History: Classical Music

Background

Even though some use the term “classical music” to describe all music from the middle ages through now, the Classical period Continue reading

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Music History: Baroque Music

Background

When we say Baroque music, we typically think of composers like Bach and Handel. These composers – and this musical era in general –  were vital in shaping music as we know it today. Beginning around 1600, the Baroque era was instrumental (pun definitely intended) in the normalization of tonality (harmony as we know it – major and minor keys, etc.), the rise of instrumental solos and ensembles, and the trend of musical improvisation. Continue reading