Concerto grosso is a term for a concerto of the Baroque period. This piece contains three soloists: two recorder players and one violinist. You might recognize this music when you listen to it. The recorders sound like angels chattering while the violin plays continuously; these two instruments together make one beautiful melody.
Baroque is a style of Western European music composed from approximately 1600 to 1750. The word “baroque” originates from the Portuguese barroco which means ‘”imperfect pearl.” We can understand why it’s called a pearl because it is beautiful. Then why is it called ‘imperfect’? Well, this is my thought: Baroque music obviously sounds beautiful, but […]
Once there was a man who asked a composer to compose his music. The man wanted it to be shorter than contemporary music and to sound like baroque music. Although this is a contemporary piece, its length, lightness, and beauty are baroque.
There’s a piece called ‘Pifa’ in the middle of Handel’s ‘Messiah’, which is played only by the orchestra. The ‘Pifa’, which takes its name from the shepherd-bagpipers, was used as a music title not only by Handel but also by other contemporary composers. It was a kind of convention. Corelli, a composer of the Baroque […]
I want to live in a beautiful and meaningful way, but it’s not as easy to do as it is to say. We end up living an ordinary life without any color, and we regret it. However, Bach says this one thing for us: Even though our life is colorless and ordinary, the living itself […]
You may laugh when you listen to this music, but if you pay more attention to it, you will realize that it’s quite interesting. That’s how attractive modern music is; you keep falling for it again and again
Do you like Brahms? His music is as soft and warm as the sunlight of early autumn, but it is not weak; it possesses an underlying strength because it is not easy to live only with softness and warmth when you’ve missed a woman for a very long time. Do you like Brahms? Yes, I […]
The story of Orpheus and Eurydice is a sad love story about Orpheus descending to the underworld to save his love, Eurydice, but failing in the end. This myth is reinterpreted in a Brazilian film named Black Orpheus. This piece is the theme song, “Morning of the Carnival.” The cello look-alike is the viol.
“Schubert’s “”Ave Maria”” was composed three years before he left this world. It is a song of salvation for someone who had suffered from a desperate situation of poverty and disease. He transforms this despair into beauty and hope by singing ‘Thou canst save me amid despair.’ This song is based on a prayer and […]
Shostakovich is a Russian composer. He had a complex and difficult relationship with the government in his early days, but served as a member of the Supreme Soviet of the Soviet Union. As a result, he endured criticism in the musical world. In fact, from his childhood he was extremely interested in social phenomena, such […]