November 2011

The Council of Trent Also Restricted Music

And you thought Eminem was bad enough.

The Council of Trent, held for nearly 20 years in Italy, laid out the ideas for what Catholicism should be, and listed the heresies of the Protestant religion. While its not surprising that the Council listed sins and other issues of religion, a perhaps more surprising stance was the one that they took on music. Varying types of music, obviously a huge influence on religious thought and behavior, was severely restricted during this period.

Top 10 Classical Music: Handel’s "The Messiah"

Top 10 Classical Music: Handel’s “The Messiah” is another piece of music on the top 10 list of well-known classical music. It was composed in 1741 by the famous composer George Handel. He was already known for writing operas by the time he had composed this piece of music. The words or script for the song is compiled from old and new testament of the Bible and was the lyrics for this musical piece was compiled by Charles Jennens.

Top 10 Classical Songs

Song #1: O Fortuna


Top 10 Classical Music: “O Fortuna” is a well-known piece in classical music. However not many people are aware that it is also one of the most played classical pieces. This song is used by popular bands such as Sting, The Black Eyed Peas and Snoop Dog. What most people are also not aware of is that this song is one of the most famous songs to make the jump from the stage to Hollywood movies.

Brahms, continued

Because you can never say enough about genius.

I began to talk about the German composer Johannes Brahms (1833-1897) in a piece that I wrote last week. This influential composer cannot fully be dissected in one post, so here’s some more about this genius man:  

Robert Schumann and Johannes Brahms

Schumann was a fan of his young contemporary, Brahms

Robert Schumann was one of the most famous German composers in the 19th century. Schumann original composed only for piano, but he went on to write numerous lieder, or vocal pieces, and symphonic works in his later career. He also created compositions that evoked a certain mood and had beautiful passages in them so that even players with only moderate skills could feel good about themselves and about playing the piano. He also wrote etudes that still served their original purpose—to develop a specific technique—but they also had great artistic content, which caused his etudes to develop the genre of the concert etude.