Classical Music Composition

Classical Music started around 1400. The songs are often about god and religions. Songs were sang in churches. During the renaissance period, composers started to write songs for money and people pay to hear their work. Music started being more complex during the Baroque period. In the classical era, the composers valued formality and elegance as it is often in a formal manner. This was when modern musical notation started to be used. As classical music evolved, composers tried to explore emotions and feelings as the music often contains a variety of moods through the use of key change. Classical music shouldn’t be improvised because the composers often values how their music sounds (“History of Classical Music”).

Classical composition
I used the classical music characteristics I have identified in Study 40 and composed my own classical music composition. Classical music also has a higher complexity compared to other music genres and unlike jazz music, shouldn’t be improvised. There is often more directions such as articulation and dynamic so it could create an elegant style that classical composers aim to create. In my classical composition, I included many dynamic markings. For example I included a crescendo to a mezzo forte in bar 7-8. Classical music often have symmetry and balance by having similar ostinato (rhythmic and melodic pattern) in each movement of phrase. For example, in my classical composition, the rhythmic and melodic pattern in bar 1 is repeated bar 18 to make the music piece more symmetrical. Another component of classical music is that it follows a diatonic harmony. Diatonic harmony is when a music uses notes derived from the key it is in. My composition is in a diatonic harmony because the notes don’t use any accidentals so it is all in the same key. Classical music is often in an ABA form. The structure is often in major key in the first section; it changes to a different but related key, such as its relative minor, in the second section; then it goes back to its original key in the third section. This is used so that the music piece could show a variety of moods, usually a different mood in each bar. My classical composition does not show a change of key because it fairly short. Although my classical composition didn’t use an ABA form, many of the other characteristics of classical music is still present in the music piece which still suggest it is a classical music

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