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Rameau, Jean-Philippe

Charles Dill

Subject: Music »

Date Added: 2011-06-29

Jean-Philippe Rameau Introduction Jean-Philippe Rameau (b. 1683–d. 1764) was trained as a keyboardist. Most of his early career was as a churc...

Ravel, Maurice

Deborah Mawer

Subject: Music »

Date Added: 2011-06-29

Maurice Ravel Introduction Maurice Ravel (b.1875–d.1937) was one of the foremost French composers of the first half of the 20th century. He spa...


John Walter Hill

Subject: Music »

Date Added: 2013-10-29

Recitative Introduction The English word recitative is a cognate derived from the Italian recitativo, a substantive itself derived from an adj...


Kate van Orden

Subject: Music »

Date Added: 2011-06-29

Renaissance Introduction In the scholarship of Western art music, the Renaissance is understood to comprise the period from approximately 1430 ...


Michael Saffle

Subject: Music »

Date Added: 2013-07-24

Romanticism ...

Schnittke, Alfred

Peter Schmelz

Subject: Music »

Date Added: 2013-02-26

Alfred Schnittke Introduction Alfred Schnittke (Al’fred Garrievič Šnitke, b. 1934–d. 1998), a composer of Jewish-German ancestry born in Russi...

Schumann, Robert

Laura Tunbridge

Subject: Music »

Date Added: 2011-06-29

Robert Schumann Introduction The compositions and critical writings of Robert Schumann (b. 1810–d. 1856) brought together musical and literary ...

Schütz, Heinrich

Stephen Rose

Subject: Music »

Date Added: 2011-06-29

Heinrich Schütz Introduction Heinrich Schütz (b. 1585–d. 1672) was the leading German composer of the first half of the 17th century. He was Ka...

Shostakovich, Dmitry

Pauline Fairclough

Subject: Music »

Date Added: 2011-06-29

Dmitry Shostakovich Introduction Shostakovich’s music and life have been more tightly interconnected in the public imagination than that of alm...

Sibelius, Jean

Daniel M. Grimley

Subject: Music »

Date Added: 2013-02-26

Jean Sibelius Introduction Jean Sibelius (1865–1957) was a Finnish composer, noted especially for his orchestral works, songs, and theater mus...

Solo Secular Vocal Music

David Tunley

Subject: Music »

Date Added: 2011-06-29

Solo Secular Vocal Music Introduction Singing being the most natural and spontaneous form of music making, its universal cultivation knows no b...

Sonata Form

Gordon Sly

Subject: Music »

Date Added: 2013-09-30

Sonata Form Introduction Sonata form developed in the later 18th century as a confluence of two surging musical currents: the emerging stature...

Sound Art

Mandy-Suzanne Wong

Subject: Music »

Date Added: 2013-08-26

Sound Art Introduction “Sound art” refers to a large variety of artistic practices that involve sound and/or comment on the way sound function...

Strauss, Richard

James L. Zychowicz

Subject: Music »

Date Added: 2013-05-28

Richard Strauss Introduction The legacy of Richard Strauss (b. 1864–d. 1949) as a composer includes symphonic poems, operas, Lieder, and other...

Stravinsky, Igor

Mark McFarland

Subject: Music »

Date Added: 2011-06-29

Igor Stravinsky Introduction Igor Stravinsky (1882–1971) is arguably the greatest composer of the 20th century. His worldwide fame began with his...


Bruce Gustafson

Subject: Music »

Date Added: 2011-06-29

Suite Introduction The French word “suite” derives from “suivre” (“to follow”); thus, it denotes a succession of constituent parts that can be ...

Sustainability, Music

Catherine Grant

Subject: Music »

Date Added: 2013-03-19

Music Sustainability Introduction The sustainability of music is an emerging—or rather, reemerging—theme in ethnomusicological research. Early...


Nicolas Waldvogel

Subject: Music »

Date Added: 2013-04-22

Symphony Introduction In its simplest definition, a symphony is an extended orchestral work in several movements. The origins of the genre hav...

Tallis, Thomas

Kerry McCarthy

Subject: Music »

Date Added: 2014-07-30

Thomas Tallis Introduction The life of the composer Thomas Tallis (b. c. 1505–d. 20 or 23 November 1585) spanned most of the 16th century, wit...

Tchaikovsky, Pyotr Ilyich

Simon Morrison

Subject: Music »

Date Added: 2014-06-30

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Introduction Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (also spelled Tchaikovski, Chaykovsky, Čajkovskij; b. 1840–d. 1893) flourished ...

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