• Part the third
    (Somewhat longer, but trying to cover three instruments at once wile also leaving a lot out.)

    The organ had gone on its own merry way. Although it is otherwise unrelated to the key-board operated instruments that arose later, the one commonality is that keyboard.

    On the continuing journey towards the piano, the first instrument…[Read more]

  • Part the second

    The organ continued to develop, taking a couple of twists and turns along its way. While we may automatically relate the pipe organ to churches, it wasn’t something that you would automatically find in a very early church. Musical instruments and women singing (except for nuns in convent chapels) were frequently banned as b…[Read more]

  • Instalment the first – (a “bit”short on the referencing, but mine are inclined to quite long lists and not much fun to read)

    The Piano
    Part One

    Once upon a time (because all the best stories start that way), there lived in Alexandria a mathematician and inventor by the name of Ctetsibius (c285-222BC). He was the first to really study the…[Read more]

  • I have been reading and trying to find time to watch, in between also trying to write some technical instructions in plain English for a group who don’t think the procedure involved really applies to them, and what do the people who set the rules know, anyway? (and I don’t get paid this! If you belong to things, the answer is don’t get too…[Read more]

  • I meant Cadenza not glissando, although a cadenza probably includes a glissando or two. I suddenly thought of that when I was half way to singing this morning. I may not have been fully awake at the time.

    To compensate -a fine example of the art of piano (courtesy my singing teacher)

  • You really shouldn’t have washed your guitar, Simon.

  • If you search for “Triplets” you will find my Feb 12 and 14 posts about triplets and uneven rhythms – not too far down the list. Chopin seems to be at the top of the tree this morning!

    Baroque era expectations were that the musicians, especially singers, would simply go off at any tangent to what was written as they so desired on the day. Handel…[Read more]

  • Hi Drew

    I am quite convinced that there are people who troll YouTube with the sole purpose of finding something to make un-necessary, vitriolic, even obscene comments about. There is hardly a post that hasn’t suffered.

  • The Sydney Push grows.Welcome!

  • My last word – it will stop being February on the other side of Australia in a couple of hours.

    Women who went on stage for public performance were, until even to the late 20thC, somewhere on the social scale at a few levels lower than prostitutes. This included actresses, singers and musicians, with actresses and dancers really on the bottom of…[Read more]

  • It is now 28th February in this part of the world. That was fun, folks. Thank you all for the mine of information and your performances.

  • Hi Robert – What only 30? Come west to the Hawkesbury and enjoy our 40ish!

  • Cath replied to the topic Triplets and Duplets in the forum Technique Questions 1 month ago

    Than you pf.

    maybe you have seen a random bar slipped in, in a different time signature. This can be quite common in songs, to make the words fit, as much as duplets and triplets can also do, but you want the notes to be their full value.

    Or, one of those irregular time signatures,like 5/4, with 5 crotchet beats to each bar counted in different…[Read more]

  • John

    Just bear with me for a bit while I appear to waffle on- it is absolutely relevant to how triplets and duplets work.

    The time signature tells you what the over-all rhythm is, how many beats to each bar and where the accents fall.
    The first beat of each bar is the strongest.

    There are 2 kinds of time

    1. Simple Time
    The beat value is a…[Read more]

  • Hemiola
    Roger Quilter 5/4 Now Sleeps the crimson petal, now the 3/4 white
    5/4 nor waves the cypress in the palace 3/4walk
    simile nor winks the goldfin in the porphyry | font The
    firefly wakens, waken| thou with me – 3 bars of 3/4 here
    2nd verse 5/4…[Read more]

  • I understand the hemiola to be alternating rhythmic shifts from bar to bar.
    Example: 6/8 I want to be in A- 3/4 me-ri-ca
    6/8 OK by me in A-3/4 me-ri-ca
    6/8 Compound duple time – 2 dotted crotchet beats to a bar
    3/4 Simple triple time – 3 crotchet beats to a bar

  • Early music fans will be very familiar with the term “consort” in relation a small group. One Sydney group has named themselves The Reluctant Consort. Insane plays on words are mandatory, methinks.

    The cello end pin appeared quite early but only became standard quite late, by the 20thC. Many illustrations of cellos being played “da…[Read more]

  • The gradings are often arbitrary and can, in no way!, match the skill level for the grade, being higher or lower. Sometimes you look at something and the only possible reaction is – Are they kidding???? You can be left wondering if the selection panel included anyone who actually played that instrument.

    The grade lists can be a useful resource…[Read more]

  • Mark
    On Greensleeves
    (Just to put on my textiles hat, or my thimble, but it would be too hard to type with it.)

    Fashion notes and other matters
    At the time, sleeves may not have been stitched in as part of a garment, but tied or pinned on. Different sleeves might be worn with different garments. The higher up the social tree one was and the less…[Read more]

  • Definitely a touch of Greensleeves. It would have been quite logical to “borrow” a bit of it. It was a very popular song. The rumour that our friend Henry VIII wrote it is simply a rumour. First published in 1580 and Shakespeare mentions the song twice by name in his comedy, The Merry Wives of Windsor, published in 1602.

    Thank you all for your…[Read more]

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