Learn more about instruments, musical terms, styles, composers and their repertoire.
This month's featured composer is...
Was an Italian composer of the Baroque musical period. He composed many works in a variety of musical forms including opera, symphonias and cantatas, however he is best known for his 555 keyboard sonatas. Scarlatti’s sonatas utilize a binary form for their structure - as opposed to the Sonata Allegro form popular in the classical era. In addition to this structure, he uses unique melodies reminiscent of folk tunes from Spain and Portugal where he spent most of his career under the patronage of the royal families.
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This Week's Featured Music...
Sonata in D Minor, K 1
Sonata in F Minor, K 466
Sonata in D Minor, K 9
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This week's featured instrument is... the harpsichord! Check out the video, Harpsichord 101 - How it Works to learn more:
Some fun facts about this instrument:
- The harpsichord is a keyboard instrument, like the piano; however it uses quills to “pluck” the instrument as opposed to hammers that depress the strings on the piano. This “plucking creates a much different sound than the piano.
- As it pre-dates the piano, it was most likely created during the middle ages and reached its height in popularity during the Renaissance and Baroque periods. It then fell out of popularity by the 1800s when the piano was invented.
Musical Terminology, Stylistic Features & Forms
This week's featured term is...Ornamentation. Read below to learn more!
Musical ornamentation are embellishments used to add character to music. Another word for an ornament is a trill – which is the rapid succession of notes to add flourish to the music. Symbols are used to show what type of trill to play – below is the table of ornaments with symbols as a reference:
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