Presentation on theme: "History of music continued"— Presentation transcript:
1 History of music continued Classical PeriodHistory of music continued
2 Classical period of music: overview The classical period occurred after the Baroque period, from The term “classical” refers to the art and heritage of Greece and Rome. Vienna, Austria was the “hub” of musical progress during this period.
5 What else was going on in the world? More thinking, and problem solving, specifically the problems of poverty and epidemic.Europe’s population was growing rapidly.Beginning of the first Industrial Revolution.
6 Let’s listen!What musical characteristics do you hear?
7 Musical characteristics of the classical period Homophonic texture (clear melody with chord accompaniment)Balanced and symmetricalLight, but with driving rhythm and pulseUse of crescendo and diminuendoScale passagesComposers: Haydn, Mozart, early Beethoven
8 Let’s compare baroque to classical! Figured BassLoud and SoftPerformed for royalty or in sacred settings.Harpsichord used often.Concerti, Concerti grossi.What else?No figured bass. Parts were written out.Use of crescendo and diminuendo.Music performed for audiences.Use of piano, but not usually in large ensembles.Sonata Allegro form, Rondo form.What else?
9 Homework assignment!Research classical music and discover one of the following:Classical composerCharacteristic of classical musicSimilarity between classical music and other areas such as art or architectureType of composition written in classical timeWrite down your research, cite the source of your research, and turn in next class!