Welcome back to Austin classical music / San Antonio classical music 101! Today we’re discussing part THREE (of five) in our series of symphony terms to help the unacquainted become more familiar with this rich and treasured musical art form.
Key – The principle of general adherence to a particular scale (for example G major or A minor). This concept is one of the most basic premises of Western music, though some music of the 20th century abandoned the idea of keys and tonality altogether.
Lieder – German word meaning ‘art-song.’
Liszt, Franz – Hungarian composer and pianist who was born in 1811. Liszt is often referred to as the greatest piano virtuoso of all time. His music had a profound effect on the course of Romanticism. Liszt died in 1886.
Modulation – The musical technique of changing the key in the course of a composition through a series of harmonic changes.
Neo-classicism – Literally, it means ‘new Classicism.’ It is any music that utilizes forms, structures, harmonies or stylistic mannerisms of the Classical period.
Oratorio – A large-scale dramatic work for soloists, choir and orchestra, usually based on a religious subject. Perhaps the most famous oratorio is Handel’s Messiah.
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