Download PDF by Darren Henley, Sam Jackson: 50 Moments that Rocked the Classical Music World

By Darren Henley, Sam Jackson

ISBN-10: 1908739738

ISBN-13: 9781908739735

An eclectic, enjoyable and informative consultant to the 50 moments that modified classical song perpetually, from technological advances in track recording and functional concepts, to landmark concert events, the births and deaths of the good composers, and lots more and plenty extra. released in partnership with vintage FM, the booklet can have a large attract classical tune fanatics of all types, looking both to teach, tell and entertain, and uncovers a wealthy and infrequently unforeseen historical past of classical track. Written by way of the authors of the bestselling The vintage FM corridor of repute and every little thing You Ever desired to find out about Classical tune ... yet have been Too Afraid to invite, 50 Moments that Rocked the Classical tune international is the best 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 track.

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Historically, composers could make quite a decent living from the role of Master of the King’s Musick. During the reign of George III, a basic £200-a-year stipend was paid to the incumbent, who could very easily top up his income by composing or performing music for all manner of royal events. Today, however, it is a largely honorary role. The current post-holder, Peter Maxwell Davies, receives a nominal fee, but he is not expected to perform any particular function or compulsorily to provide music for specific occasions, although it is hoped that the composer in question will create music to tie in with significant events in national life.

At first, we wondered whether we should include many more examples, but after hours of discussions (some of them over a pint in the pub, but more often while sipping one of countless tall skinny wet lattes in Starbucks) we eventually arrived at these 50 particular moments. What were the criteria that we used? Well, as with all of our Classic FM books, we have rooted ourselves in the world of Classic FM itself and used this as the starting point for our deliberations. Since we first began broadcasting back in 1992, we have crystallised a very clear idea of what music our listeners want to hear and also what they would rather we didn’t broadcast.

In 1322, Pope John XXII issued a papal bull forbidding its use in church, believing it to be an ungodly form of music. He wrote, ‘There are certain disciples of the new school who, devoting all their attention to measuring time, apply themselves to the making of notes in a different fashion . . They chop up the chant with notes of short values . . pollute the melodies with descants and go as far as to muffle the upper voice in the vulgar tongue . . ’ Today, this level of paranoia about polyphonic music seems astonishing, but back then, this was a topic that exercised people very deeply.

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