History of Music

The origins The origins of music are lost in history, but there is no lack of various more or less truthful theories that make room among scholars. Music is supposed to have been born from imitating sounds found in nature, such as flowing water and blowing wind. The Darwinian theory was perhaps derived from the … Continue reading History of Music

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Gnossiennes No.1, 2, 3 & 4

The Gnossiennes are seven pieces for piano composed by Erik Satie between 1889 and 1897 but in my album "Piano Lullabies Baby Sleep Music", I decided to insert only the first four because seemed to be closest to a lullaby genre. Many say that the title Gnossiennes derives from the palace of Knossos present on … Continue reading Gnossiennes No.1, 2, 3 & 4

Erik Satie Gymnopédie No.1, 2 & 3

Erik Satie (17 May 1866 – 1 July 1925) was a French composer and pianist. He studied at the Paris Conservatoire, but the professors judged him lacked in talent and he didn't obtain a diploma. In the 1880s he worked as a pianist in café-cabaret in Montmartre, Paris, where composed his Gymnopédies. He also wrote music for the Rosicrucian, a sect … Continue reading Erik Satie Gymnopédie No.1, 2 & 3

Chopin: Mazurka Op.7 No.4

The last of the mazurkas from opus 7 in A flat major is:  [...an unquestionable cliché of folk music...Tadeusz Zieliński wrote that this Mazurka was ‘taken note for note from folklore’] according to professor Mieczysław Tomaszewski,  This Mazurka was dedicated to Paul Emile Johns, a composer, known as the first who performed a Beethoven piano … Continue reading Chopin: Mazurka Op.7 No.4

J S Bach Fugue No. 1 in C major, BWV 846, from Bach’s Well-tempered Clavier

  The Fuga is one of the most complex and original compositions of J.S. Bach. This genre is characterized by the imitation where voices enter like a “relay race”. We can find in it the exposition in the first 6 bars, the counter-exposition at bars 7-10, the six Stretti, a tonic pedal at bars 24-27 and … Continue reading J S Bach Fugue No. 1 in C major, BWV 846, from Bach’s Well-tempered Clavier

Chopin: Mazurka Op.7 No.3

The Mazurka Op.7 n.3 is the only one in the set to feature no repeats. It returns to a folkish and rustic surround. The scene opens pianissimo with a sound like a bagpipes, then an Oberek appears as the principal theme. This is followed by a Kujawiak, interrupted by the violent entrance of a Mazur … Continue reading F. Chopin: Mazurka Op.7 N.3