Characteristics of Classical Music - Characteristics of Classical Music Rise of the Middle Class o The Public Concert o Music Publishing o Music Lessons

Characteristics of Classical Music - Characteristics of...

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Characteristics of Classical Music Rise of the Middle Class o The Public Concert o Music Publishing o Music Lessons o Free-Lance Composers Accessible to General Public o Reaction to Baroque o Easy Listening Homophonic Texture o Single Melody with Accomplishment o Memorable Melody o Simple Accompaniment Balance o 2 or 4 bar phrases o Arranged into symmetrical patterns o Patterns make it easy for listener Alberti Bass Line o Described as “Light” and “Lively” o Accomplishment made up of a living pattern of short notes Genres: o Opera o Symphony o String Quartet o Sonata Opera: o Vocalist o Orchestra o Example: Mozart’s The Magic Flute, Aria Symphony o Woodwinds o Strings o Brass o Percussion o Example: Haydn’s Surprise Symphony (1791) String Quartet o Violin 1 o Violin 2 o Viola o Cello o Example: Haydn’s String Quartet NO.3 (1772) o This considered chamber music Sonata o Keyboard instrument alone
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o Keyboard with another instrument (example is violin or flute) o Example: Mozart’s Sonata for Piano No.15 in F Major (1788) The Classical Orchestra o 8-12 Violins o
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