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The music can be classified taking into account different
aspects: if there are voices or not, if it is made to be
This is the genre: a type of classification
Art music: doesn’t have any meaning. Its beauty and its
interest lies in the sound itself.
Much of classical music belongs to this genre and the most
common forms are instrumental sonatas, concertos, most
of the symphonies and a lot of small compositions for
http://youtu.be/aIemzStWOog J.S. Bach Partita n.3
Descripitive Music: is the one that portrays or evokes through
landscapes, people, storylines, environments or pictures. This
music attempts to approach the representative capacity of
We will find many examples of descriptive music in many
musical forms but the most important are those that are
called symphonic poem
Scenic music: text tells a story and involves action: opera and
http://youtu.be/vWz7Gbalk98 G. Verdi La Traviata
http://youtu.be/SQyx2PWyC2I The Lion King
Concert vocal music: is not staged. The text is often poetic and
talks about feelings and emotions. Normally performed by choir
http://youtu.be/8R3Ki6aqlv4 L. Van Beethoven: Ode to joy
We talk about style when we use the elements of music
in a similar way: a type of rhythm, a way to compose
the melody, the selection of instruments or how to
arrange the themes
Same music can be classified in different ways. For
example, the theme music from the movie Titanic can
be a film soundtrack, a commercial pop song, a
romantic song ...
The same music can be classified in different ways. For example
the Titanic movie theme can be considered as a soundtrack or a
commercial pop song.
There are also songs that are a mix of styles. We have the
example of the group The Corrs who makes Celtic music but at
the same time is pop music.
We can choose the style of music we like within each genre
either vocal or instrumental: