Classical Era

Classical Era - Classical Era (1750-1815) Musical...

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Classical Era (1750-1815) 31/03/2008 10:49:00 Musical Characteristics: Natural simplicity and pleasing variety Flexible rhythm and dynamics Melody – tuneful, simple, symmetrical, pleasing Homophonic texture Woodwinds, brass and percussion added to orchestra; NO harpsichord Forms Lots of short, repeating sections Clear separations of sections (cadences) Most pieces have several movements o 3-4 most common o Each movement has internal form as well Pieces becoming longer – need form to organize Minuet and Trio Originally kind of dance Holdover from the Baroque Music sounds dance-like o Meter of 3, moderate tempo Trio refers to contrasting middle section o Originally played by only 3 people      (Trio)       A                 B                  A             || means repeat     A:||ba’:||    c:||:d c’:||     a|ba’       (the | in the last A means it might not repeat)
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Mozart – “Eine Kleine Nachtmusik” mvt. III (1787)
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