WHERE DOES THE LABEL ‘CHAMBERMUSIC’ COME FROM?Originally the music would be performed ina chamber or small roomThis is instead f a large building, concerthall or cathedralChamber music is instrumental musicwritten for a small group of playersThe groups are labelled according to thenumber of performers. E.g. Duet, trio.
NOTESChamber music can be an intimatemusical conversationIts an opportunity for performers to worktogether with precision.There is no conductorWhen rehearsing the ensemble willusually sit in a circle or semi-circle. Thisallows all players to be able to see eachother.
TEXTUREIn chamber music each player has theirown individual part not Doubled by anyother player.This means that in a quartet there will be4 independent melody lines
BAROQUEContrapuntalEach line of music is independent from theothers.Sometimes each line will have a separatemelody.At other times each line will have thesame/similar melody, but will be heardslightly apart from each other. This iscalled…Imitation
CLASSICALA characteristic of Classical music isMelody with accompaniment.One part has a clear melody and theothers provide an accompaniment.This can be made up from, brokenchords, or block chords rather thanindependent melodies.Question and answer
DYNAMICSVolume contrasts in Baroque music tendto be sudden rather than gradual.Loud phrases are often immediatelyfollowed by quiet ones.A reason for this is due to theharpsichord.The use of the piano mean crescendosand diminuendos could be incorporated.
ORNAMENTSCharacteristic of baroque music.Not all ornaments are written out on thescore.Ornaments are less used in the classicalera.