Category: music gcse

The Classical Standard Orchestra

Here is a summary of the classical standard orchestra used in bullet point form just because I don’t want to bore you out! Harpsichord died out because there was not enough volume. The Piano took over. It was called Forte Piano (loud/soft). Clarinets were invented. The Trumpet and French …

Grace by Jeff Buckley Analysis – Anthology of Music

Jeff Buckley’s music can best be described as ‘eclectic’ – it covers a wide range of styles. Unlike some artists in the past, who would record a whole song in one take, it took Buckley and his band up to 19 takes to get the basic track down! Anyway, here’s …

Rag Desh Anaylsis – Anthology of Music

Rag Desh is an Indian piece of music. Indian music has a long history going back more than 2000 years. It is closely linked to Hinduism and religious philosophy. They many Hindu gods are often worshipped through performances of raga, both vocal and instrumental. In particular, the god Shiva is …

‘Yiri’ by Koko Analysis – African Music – Anthology of Music

Several common elements can be identified in the different types of African music, ranging from the drumming to the singing and instrumental pieces. These elements are also heard throughout Yiri. Repetition – The restatement of a section of music. This might just be a few notes or a whole …

Musical Theatre in America – Music GCSE

During the 20th century, there was a rise in musical theatre with the introductions of many different musicals. There was the Broadway musicals where some of the earliest musicals were performed such as showboat (1927). There was West End musicals which saw musicals such as Oliver Twist (1960), Cats (1981) …

Expressionism – Music in the 20th Century

The 20th century witnessed more developments in the sheer diversity of music styles than ever before. Composers reacted to what they saw as the emotionalism or indulgence of the Romantic era in different ways, and this led to the birth of several new styles such as expressionism, serialism, …