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The pursopse of a musical work

The pursopse of a musical work | MUSICAL GENRES: The purpose of a musical work | Scoop.it

Music has been a part of human life since the dawn of time, accompanying us in many different situations. We listen to music at social events, in our free time, when we want to express our culture and education, and for many other reasons.

 

There are so many types of music that we need to classify them according to their purpose. This classification is known as MUSICAL GENRE.

 

When we talk about GENRE, we are referring to the composer's intention when he or she creates a new piece of music. And don't forget that the intention depends on the purpose of a work.

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Classification of musical genres

Classification of musical genres | MUSICAL GENRES: The purpose of a musical work | Scoop.it

 

Depending on the intention, the function and the instruments the composer uses in his piece, we can distinguish several different genres, as you can see in the above diagram, made for you to use it in class as a guide for music auditions.

 

Vocal music is when there is used just the voice without accompaniment (a capella voices), i.e. a choir. Instrumental music is applied to any music played with instruments alone and it is divided into two variants: Pure music (music that has been composed to be played as music, and nothing else) and Descriptive music (music that represents extra-musical contexts). Mixed music combines voices and instruments.

 

Religious music is composed to be played in a religious context and we can distinguish between two modes: Liturgical music (when it is composed for religious ceremonies, as part of the liturgy) and Non-Liturgical music (composed for a religious purpose but which is no part of the liturgy).

 

Profane music comprises any composition that serves no religious purpose, and there are two categories: Popular music, that is divided into Folk music (popular folk music from a specific area) and Light music (music of a marked commercial character); and Cultured music, intended for a cultural context like classical music.

 

Functional music is applied to music that serves as a backdrop to important events. Motion picture music is conceived as a soundtrack for a movie. Stage music is used in artistic expressions acted out on a stage, as an opera. And, finally, Ads music is used for radio and TV ads.

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CINEMATOGRAPHIC MUSIC: John Williams

CINEMATOGRAPHIC MUSIC: John Williams | MUSICAL GENRES: The purpose of a musical work | Scoop.it

 

Here I leave you a link to the biography and much more information about one of the most important composers of motion picture music: John Williams.

 

His work on soundtracks has left us memorable music like Jaws, Superman, Indiana Jones, E.T., Schindler's List, Harry Potter, Memoirs of a Geisha and many more.

 

I hope you like and enjoy his music.

 

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RELIGIOUS - LITURGICAL MUSIC: History of Gregorian Chant - The Monastery | Saint Meinrad Archabbey

RELIGIOUS - LITURGICAL MUSIC: History of Gregorian Chant - The Monastery | Saint Meinrad Archabbey | MUSICAL GENRES: The purpose of a musical work | Scoop.it

Here we have a very breve and interesting summary about the history of Gregorian Chant, a wonderful example of religious and liturgical music that has come to us directly from the Middle Ages.

 

In this page we also have a download link, where we can find and get many gregorian scores in .pdf format and some audio files as examples of this musical genre.

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FOLK MUSIC: Rare world and folklore music: Folk music from Croatia

FOLK MUSIC: Rare world and folklore music: Folk music from Croatia | MUSICAL GENRES: The purpose of a musical work | Scoop.it

 

We have here an example of folk music.

 

In this particular case it is a recopilation of traditional music from Croatia, specifically from Slavonia district.

 

It is performed by KUD Tena and Bećarine.

 

I recommend you to listen to it carefully and compare it with many other folk music from other countries and regions so you can learn more about music, arts and culture from all around the world.

 

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STAGE MUSIC (Theatre Genre): Audition for New Musical Fairytale at City Varieties

STAGE MUSIC (Theatre Genre): Audition for New Musical Fairytale at City Varieties | MUSICAL GENRES: The purpose of a musical work | Scoop.it

It has been announced a casting for a brand new musical, a fairytale titled Ruby, that will have its world premiere on September 2012.

Martyn Swain is the composer and creator of this musical stage show.

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CULTURED MUSIC: Top 10 Classical Music

 

Showing you what Classical Music is, enjoy and thank you for your time.

 

Number 10: Georges Bizet - Habanera
Number 9: Jacques Offenbach - Infernal Galop
Number 8: Luigi Denza - Funiculi Funicula
Number 7: Johann Sebastian Bach - Air On A G String
Number 6: Luigi Boccherini - Minuet
Number 5: Ludwig van Beethoven - Fur Elise
Number 4: Frédéric Chopin - Minute
Number 3: Johann Strauss jr - Annen Polka
Number 2: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - Eine Kleine Nachtmusik
Number 1: Johannes Brahms - Hungarian Dance No.5

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