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From Bach to House
A Short Stroll Through the Different Genres of Music from Bach to House
I don't know about you, but I like music, most of it that is, though there are some genres I do not like at all. Maybe that's my age (I'm a fairly old lady) or I never learned to appreciate it.
I like classical music (Beethoven, Mozart, Vivaldi), the old Jazz, Reggae, Country Music (most of it), Pop Music (sometimes), Folksongs (specially the Irish folksongs), but except for the classics, don't ask me names of who sings what, apart from a hot celebrity here and there. I'm terrible at names.
So let's talk about music. I show you some of the music I like and then you can tell me if you agree.
Sounds like fun? I hope so, because I expect to learn a lot.
Classical Music Is More My Style
I always wanted to learn to play the piano. Both my Mom and Dad learned to play the piano in their young days, but they weren't rich people and we couldn't afford one. By the time we got a piano in the house (my sister got hold of a very beautiful old one), they were too busy to pick it up again and I was at the age that boys were more interesting than learning notes. Though I had this boyfriend once who could play so beautiful and sometimes he would come over and play for us.
When I was young, we had no television, only radio and my Mom used to make me listen to classic music. I've been raised by the tones of Beethoven's Für Elise'. I still love it.
I'll just make a random choice of the music I like.
Beethoven: Für Elise
Ludwig von Beethoven was the son of Johann von Beethoven and his wife Magdalena Keverich. He's born in Bonn on December 17, 1770. He hasn't had a very happy youth and his dad tried to turn him into a second Mozart after he discovered his son's talent for music. Ludwig wrote his first piano concert at the age of 13.
Mozart had great influence on Ludwig's music, though the two composers never met. Mozart died before Ludwig came to Vienna. Ludwig von Beethoven died in Vienna on March 26, 1827.
Fur Elise: Not sure is who this 'Elise' was for whom Ludwig wrote this music. It could have been Elizabeth Roeckel, a soprano and opera singer. Für Elise was brought out 40 years after Ludwig von Beethoven had died.
Life can't be all bad when for ten dollars you can buy all the Beethoven sonatas and listen to them for ten years.
— ~William F. Buckley, Jr.
Mozart Sonata nr. 11
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791) was an infant prodigy, who could play different musical instruments at a very young age. He composed about 600 works and is regarded as one of the most influential composers. He travelled a lot through Europe.
My choice is the sonata nr. 11 for piano alla Turca allegretto
It is a sonata in three movements:
1.Andante grazioso - a theme with six variations
2.Menuetto - a minuet and trio
3.Alla Turca: Allegretto in A minor
The last movement, Alla Turca, popularly known as the Turkish Rondo or Turkish March, is often heard on its own and is one of Mozart's best-known piano pieces.
Do You like Classical Music?
Jazz is a music that originated at the beginning of the 20th century in African American communities in the Southern United States from a confluence of African and European music traditions. From its early development until the present, Jazz has incorporated music from 19th and 20th century American popular music. Its West-African pedigree is evident in its use of blue notes, improvisation, polyrhythm, syncopation and the swung note.
The word 'Jazz" (in early years also spelled as 'jass') began as a West Coast slang term and was first used to refer to music in Chicago in about 1915.
From its beginning in the early 20th century, jazz has spawned a variety of subgenres: New Orleans Dixieland, dating from the early 1910s, big band-style swing from the 1930's and 1940s, Bebop from the mid-1940s, a variety of Latin jazz fusions such as Afro-Cuban and Brazilian jazz, free jazz from the 1950s and 2960s, Jazz fusion from the 1970s, acid jazz from the 1980s (which added funk and hip-hop influences), and
As the music has spread around the world, it has drawn on local national and regional musical cultures, its aesthetics being adapted to its varied environments and giving rise to many distinctive styles. (from Wikipedia)
As it is impossible to cover it all, I'll just choose some Jazz that's music to my ears.
I'm not pretending that the video's I picked are the best performances. They just hit my heart.
Sometimes Dixieland Jazz gives me a feeling of a happy face mask, hiding sad feeling behind it. Don't know how to explain it properly, but old jazz always give me Goosebumps and I can drown in it completely.
Is Reggae Passé?
Well, maybe I'm old fashioned, but I love Reggae music. I haven't heard it for a long time on the radio though.
In the Netherlands we have this singer competition called The Voice of Holland, where four wellknown Dutch singers each coach a team of amateur singers. At the moment I write this article, one of those singers is Lenny Keylard, who surprised the coaches on the audition with a beautiful reggae song. He made it to the semi finals and then Lenny himself made a choice to not go any further and stepped down.
Reggae by Lenny Keylard
Bob Marley - the Father of Reggae
Here are some other reggae singers, randomly picked at YouTube. Of course Bob Marley is very well known in Reggae music.
I think the reason I love reggae music is because it has something authentic tribal about it. I don't know if that's a good description, but I mean, it comes right from the heart and it tells a story, just like the old Jazz. Oh well, I'm just a Dutchie, I only know this music hits my heart. I can close my eyes and just let my thoughts float away on the waves of this music.
Do You Think Reggae Is Cool?
About Country Music
Country music (or country and Western) is a blend of traditional and popular musical forms traditionally found in the Southern United States and the Canadian Maritimes that evolved rapidly beginning in the 1920s. Distinctive variations of the genre have also emerged elsewhere including Australian country music.
I love to listen to country and western music, it has a nice going flow and I love that little bit of raw hoarse sound that goes with it. I know that there is a difference between country music and folk music, but I myself don't always recognize which one is what.
Some Country Folk Sounds
Rock 'n Roll
Let's Rock and Roll
I know the music originated and evolved in the United States during the late 1940s and early 1950s and has elements of the blues, country music, jazz and gospel music. An early form of rock and roll was rockabilly, which combined country and jazz with influences from traditional Appalachian folk music and gospel.
Rock&Roll has not only influenced the music, but became more and more a lifestyle.
I know rock and roll from when I was a whole lot younger, I used to dance my lungs out of my body when I was a teen, but......
I have never screamed at Idols, when the sixties came along,
nor did I know, most names of those, who ever sang a song.
I passed my final exams and left our village home,
to study in the city, had little time to roam.
I don't know why I couldn't cry and yell at music heard,
pop never seemed to reach my heart, it was Mozart I preferred.
I saw the riots on the telly, but never fully understood,
what was driving all these people, cause I never felt their mood.
Never felt the urge in me, to join communes and such,
that free love and shacking up, didn't appeal to me that much.
I fell in love in sixty five, got married in sixty nine,
in Rockville, Maryland, USA, to that Dutch boy of mine.
We lived there in Bethesda, a suburb of Washington DC,
that's where I heard about Vietnam, a nasty place to be.
But I was just a Dutchie, in love and very naïve,
I met a girl who'd lost her man, I strongly felt her grief.
Then we moved to Canada, our belongings packed in a car,
it was a trip I'll never forget, it was beautiful and far.
Times were hard to find a job and our money vanished fast,
so we were thinking of going home, which we did at last.
But while I was in Canada, first man walked on the moon,
the seventies were approaching, the sixties ended soon.
To all the flower power stuff, I looked at from a distance,
but though I'd never lived that life, I knew of its existence.
Hip Hop - Metal - Punk - House
Popular Music: Hiphop, Metal, Punk and More
This is where I loose track. There are so many genres in popular music that I really don't know where to begin and where to end. It's a kind of music that often makes me feel rather uncomfortable and restless. I'm sure there are lots of good musicians and I know it's the music of many young and even old people, but the sounds of metal, hip hop, death core, crust punk, house and the likes, are just not compatible with my hearing system, I'm sorry and besides, I can't tell one from the other.
Well I could have copied and pasted a lot of Wikipedia information here, but what's the point, you can look that up for yourself too.
Music expresses feeling and thought, without language;
it was below and before speech,
and it is above and beyond all words.
— ~Robert G. Ingersoll
I know it's a very limited pick of all the music that exists in the world, but as I told you in the intro: I'm not the kind of person who knows all the ins and outs about the different genres and I certainly don't like every music I hear. I got challenged once to make an article about music, so I did. It took me about a fortnight to finish it. I've learned a lot on the way and that's how it's supposed to be I think. It was my pleasure to so some research and write and I hope you find pleasure in reading and listening.
If music reaches your ears in tones,
that hit your heart and make you fly ,
its purpose then, has reached its goal,
just close your eyes, sit still and sigh.— ~Titia Geertman
© 2010 Titia Geertman