Surely you have read, heard and, perhaps, even used this phrase yourself in different combinations – “Celtic music”, “Celtic music” and even “traditional Celtic music”, “folk Celtic music”, “funny Celtic dances”, “Ancient Celtic chants”, etc. etc. The phrase itself is very, very popular, but what kind of music is actually hidden behind it, no one can really explain. “Celtic music” can be fully electronic ambient with tracks like “Sacred Stonehenge and eighteen druids in a circle”, Latin American with electronic bagpipes, aggressive punk rock, violins, pipes and harmonica of funny drunk Irish men. Can you imagine how much everything fits into one definition? And after all, this is far from everything, you can fit anything into the “Celtic music”, even though the gloomy unstable mooing of the neruids, circling, holding hands, around the sacred bush. The musical genres described today by the word “Celtic music” can be divided into two categories: Continue reading
Genre (from French genre – genus) is a historically established division, the type of work in the unity of its form and content. They differ in the way of performance (vocal, vocal-instrumental, solo), purpose (applied, etc.), content (lyrical, epic, dramatic), place and conditions of performance (theater, concert, chamber, film music, etc.).
Historical song, aria, romance, cantata, opera, march, waltz, prelude, sonata – all these are examples of various musical genres. Each of them combines many works. Waltzes, for example, were written by almost all composers of the 19th – 20th centuries. Thus, a genre is a certain type of musical work within which an unlimited number of compositions can be written. Genres differ from each other in features of content and form, and these differences are Continue reading
Rondo (from French rondeau – “circle”, “movement in a circle”) is a musical form in which repeated (at least 3) conducts of the main theme (refrain) alternate with episodes that differ from each other
A – B – A – C – A – … – A
An unchanging main theme – refrain – is like a chorus, side themes – episodes – are, by sense, tunes. The number of episodes can be from two or more (as indicated by points in the scheme). Rondo is an old form. It comes from round dance songs with a refrain, which was repeated without change, and only the verses were updated in the refrain, but not the melody (A B A B1 A B2 A … A). In professional music, this is one of the most common forms. In medieval France, troubadours and trouvers composed rondo in the form of poetry and music. Medieval musical and poetic rondos have a special structure that does not Continue reading