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Cage, John

Rob Haskins

Subject: Music »

Date Added: 2015-04-29

John Cage Introduction In his teens and twenties, John Cage (b. 1912–d. 1992) was interested in music, visual art, and literature. Once he beg...


Mary I. Ingraham

Subject: Music »

Date Added: 2016-01-21

CanadaIntroductionThe earliest documented musical encounters between indigenous peoples of what is now known as Canada and early European explorers da...


Emiliano Ricciardi

Subject: Music »

Date Added: 2014-07-30

Canzonetta Introduction The canzonetta is a genre of secular vocal music that flourished in the late 16th and early 17th centuries. The first ...

Castrato, The

Patricia Howard

Subject: Music »

Date Added: 2014-06-30

The Castrato Introduction Although the practice of castrating boys and men, for ritual, medical, or punitive reasons, extends back to prehisto...

Central Asia

Peter K. Marsh

Subject: Music »

Date Added: 2015-03-10

Central Asia Introduction Central Asia, the core of the historic Silk Road, is commonly understood to consist of six nations: Afghanistan, Taj...

Chaconne and Passacaglia

Alexander Silbiger

Subject: Music »

Date Added: 2016-01-21

Chaconne and PassacagliaIntroductionIn 1803 Cherubini’s opéra-ballet Anacréon, ou L’amour fugitif was given its first performance at the Paris Opèra. ...

Chamber Music

John Baron

Subject: Music »

Date Added: 2011-06-29

Chamber Music Introduction Chamber music is music for a small ensemble of solo instruments that is sophisticated and performed in an intimate ...


Joseph S.C. Lam

Subject: Music »

Date Added: 2011-06-29

China Introduction Chinese music constitutes a tremendously complex and expansive phenomenon; like the renowned Yellow River of China, it flows...

Classical Era

Bertil van Boer

Subject: Music »

Date Added: 2013-10-29

Classical Era Introduction Perhaps the shortest and yet most prolific period in music history is the Classical Era. Traditionally, it has been...

Cold War Music

Peter Schmelz

Subject: Music »

Date Added: 2013-04-22

Cold War Music Introduction Contemporary music undeniably received attention during the Cold War—roughly the period between 1945 and 1991, fro...

Corelli, Arcangelo

Gregory Barnett

Subject: Music »

Date Added: 2011-06-29

Arcangelo Corelli Introduction Arcangelo Corelli (b. 1653–d. 1713) composed just six published opuses of instrumental music (trio sonatas, solo...


Denis Collins

Subject: Music »

Date Added: 2013-04-22

Counterpoint Introduction Counterpoint is the combination of simultaneously sounding musical lines, each of which is of significance in itself...

Country Music, American

Travis Stimeling

Subject: Music »

Date Added: 2015-06-29

American Country Music Introduction What is now known as “country music” in the United States, Canada, and much of Europe has gone by a variet...

Couperin, François

David Tunley

Subject: Music »

Date Added: 2013-03-19

François Couperin Introduction François Couperin (b. 1688–d. 1733) was the most famous member of a French dynasty of musical Couperins stretch...


Marta Robertson

Subject: Music »

Date Added: 2011-06-29

Dance ...

de Lassus, Orlande

Bernhold Schmid

Subject: Music »

Date Added: 2013-05-28

Orlande de Lassus Introduction Orlande de Lassus (b. 1532–d. 1594) is also known in modern writing as Orlando di Lasso and Roland de Lassus. H...

Dowland, John

Dawn Grapes

Subject: Music »

Date Added: 2015-10-26

John Dowland Introduction John Dowland (b. 1563–d. 1623) was an internationally known English musician of the late 16th and early 17th centuri...

Du Fay, Guillaume

Robert Nosow

Subject: Music »

Date Added: 2013-02-26

Guillaume Du Fay Introduction Guillaume Du Fay (b. c. 1397–d. 1474) was the most important composer in Europe during the fifty years from 1420...

Dvořák, Antonín

David R. Beveridge

Subject: Music »

Date Added: 2014-09-29

Antonín Dvořák Introduction Antonín Dvořák (1841–1904) was born in rural Bohemia (then part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire) and lived mainly i...

Early Modern British Metrical Psalmody (1535-1700)

Timothy Duguid

Subject: Music »

Date Added: 2013-03-19

Early Modern British Metrical Psalmody (1535–1700) Introduction The Book of Psalms has always played an important role in Christian belief and...

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