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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...


Sophie Benn

Subject: Music »

Date Added: 2021-06-23

CelloIntroductionAn instrument with remarkable stylistic range and timbral affordances, the violoncello (referred to in this Bibliography by its commo...

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 MusicIntroductionChamber music is music for a small ensemble of solo instruments that is sophisticated and performed in an intimate setting. T...

Chausson, Ernest

Brian Hart

Subject: Music »

Date Added: 2020-07-29

Ernest ChaussonIntroductionAmédée-Ernest Chausson (b. 1855–d. 1899) was born in Paris to a wealthy contractor and his wife. Although he obtained a law...

Chávez, Carlos

Jacqueline Avila

Subject: Music »

Date Added: 2021-11-23

Carlos ChávezIntroductionCarlos Antonio de Padua Chávez y Ramírez (b. 1899–d. 1978) was one of Mexico’s leading composers, conductors, administrators,...


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...

Christian Hymnody

C. Michael Hawn, Geoffrey C. Moore

Subject: Music »

Date Added: 2016-08-30

Christian HymnodyIntroductionThe Christian church throughout history has, with few exceptions, been a singing body of believers. Congregational singin...

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...

Clementi, Muzio

Luca Lévi Sala

Subject: Music »

Date Added: 2019-02-27

Muzio ClementiIntroductionMutius Philippus Vincentius Franciscus Xaverius Clementi (b. 1752–d. 1832) was an Italian composer, a pianist virtuoso and c...

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...


Joseph T. Orchard

Subject: Music »

Date Added: 2021-11-23

ConcertoIntroductionThe term concerto has been applied to music works since the early 16th century, first appearing in treatises almost a century late...

Conductors and Conducting

Raymond Holden

Subject: Music »

Date Added: 2016-10-27

Conductors and ConductingIntroductionFundamental to any discussion concerning this literature is Richard Wagner’s highly influential article Über das ...


Thérèse de Goede

Subject: Music »

Date Added: 2016-08-30

ContinuoIntroductionThe term basso continuo (English: continuo, figured bass, thoroughbass, throughbass; German: Generalbass, Generalbaß, bezifferte B...

Copyright and Licensing in Music

Diane Parr Walker

Subject: Music »

Date Added: 2017-07-26

Copyright and Licensing in MusicIntroductionCopyright law as it applies to the performance and study of existing works and to the creation of new musi...

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 MusicIntroductionWhat is now known as “country music” in the United States, Canada, and much of Europe has gone by a variety of monik...

Couperin, François

David Tunley

Subject: Music »

Date Added: 2013-03-19

François CouperinIntroductionFrançois Couperin (b. 1688–d. 1733) was the most famous member of a French dynasty of musical Couperins stretching from t...

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