Verdi Invented This Weird Musical Trick Used In Many Pop Songs

by Simon Critchlow Following a trip to the see the English National Opera's current production of Verdi's Aida, I was reminded of a famous musical device that occurs in Act II's Grand March. The Grand March, featuring onstage trumpets, heralds the arrival of the conquering hero Radamès, fresh from his quashing of Egypt's arch enemies, … Continue reading Verdi Invented This Weird Musical Trick Used In Many Pop Songs

What is the difference between Baroque and Classical Music?

by Simon Critchlow  The baroque period is generally considered as being from around 1650-1750 and the classical period from around 1750-1830. To illustrate the changes in style between these two periods, I’ve chosen two pieces by the titans of each era: J.S. Bach in the Baroque corner and Mozart in the Classical corner. The two … Continue reading What is the difference between Baroque and Classical Music?