Prelude – a short piece of music that does not have a strict form. During the birth of the prelude, always preceded the longer, more complex and strictly designed work (hence the name), but later composers began to write preludes and as independent works. Ostinato is often found in preludes, in general, preludes are similar to improvisation in style.
Prelude is an old genre and at the same time unusually sensitive to the latest requirements of the time, allowing many author decisions and interpretations. Its fate is unusual: having arisen in the XV century, the very word “prelude” repeatedly changed its meaning. Initially, a small instrumental introduction to a composition was sometimes indicated, sometimes written in advance, but most often improvised directly during the performance. Continue reading
Jazz is a form of musical art that emerged at the beginning of the 20th century in the United States as a result of the synthesis of African and European cultures and which subsequently became widespread. Improvisation, polyrhythm based on syncopated rhythms, and a unique set of techniques for performing a rhythmic texture – swing, are characteristic features of the musical language of jazz. The further development of jazz was due to the development of jazz musicians and composers of new rhythmic and harmonic patterns. Continue reading
The history of music believes that the violin in its most perfect form originated in the XVI century. By that time, all stringed instruments that had been active throughout the Middle Ages were already known. They were arranged in a certain order and the scientists of that time were more or less likely to have known their entire pedigree. Their number was immense and now there is no need to delve into the depths of this business. Continue reading