Jewish musical folklore: from the beginnings through the ages

The Jewish people, which is one of the oldest civilizations, is rich in great heritage. We are talking about folk art, clearly illustrating the pictures of everyday life, traditions and customs of Israelis. Such a peculiar expression of genuine folk spirit has generated many dances, songs, legends, anecdotes, proverbs and sayings, which to this day are the objects of stormy historical discussions.

The composer’s worldview and the content of the musical work (on the example of the works of P. Tchaikovsky, A. Scriabin)

A real revelation for the music lover can be an acquaintance with the worldview of the composer. To do this, in addition to listening to the works of a musical genius, you should refer to his articles and memoirs, letters, read his biography carefully. Then, the inquisitive explorer will discover the unexplored mysteries of musical creations, and this will give him immense aesthetic pleasure.

Musical archeology: the most interesting finds

Musical archeology is one of the most interesting trends in archeology. Monuments of art, the study of musical culture can be studied by becoming acquainted with such a direction as musical archeology. Musical instruments, their history and development interested many scientists of the world, including Armenian.

Music Encryption (about monograms in music)

Monogram - one of the mysterious phenomena in the art of music. It is a musical cipher in the form of an alphabetic complex composed on the basis of the name of the author of a musical work or the names of people dear to him. To create such a cipher, "hidden" in the music, the letter and syllable notation is used.


Many eminent composers possessed an outstanding literary gift. In their literary heritage: music journalism and criticism, musicological, musical and aesthetic works, reviews, articles and much more. Often, musical geniuses were authors of the librettos of their operas and ballets, and they created romances on their own poetic texts.

What is znamenny chant: meaning, history, types

Russian church music began with Znamenny chant, which arose during the baptism of Russia. His name is associated with the use of special notation signs for his writing - "banners". Their intricate names are associated with a graphic image: a bench, my dear boy, a cup, two to the canoe, etc. Visually, banners (in other words, hooks) are a combination of lines, points and commas.

Buffoons: the history of the appearance of the jaws and its musical features.

Buffoons are healers and performers of ritual songs that remained after the Baptism of Russia by Vladimir. They wandered through the cities and villages and sang ancient pagan songs, knew a lot about volkhovstvo, were hypocrites, poteshnikami. On occasion, they could heal a sick person, they could tell you how to give good advice, and they also entertained the people with songs, dances and jokes.

Foreign music of the early 20th century

The desire of composers to make the most of all the possibilities of the chromatic scale allows us to single out a separate period in the history of academic foreign music, which summarized the achievements of previous centuries and prepared the human consciousness for perception of music outside the 12-tone system. The beginning of the 20th century gave the music world 4 main directions in the current called modern: impressionism, expressionism, neo-classicism and neofolklorizm - they all not only pursue different goals, but also interact with each other within the same musical era.

Mysteries of history: myths about music and musicians

The incredible emotional impact of music, since ancient times forced to think about the mystical sources of its origin. The public interest in the select, marked by the talent of writing, gave rise to countless myths about musicians. From ancient times to the present day, musical myths were also born in the struggle of the political and economic interests of people involved in the music industry.

History of music education in Russia: the main stages

Before the onset of the 17th century, there were two fundamentally different trends in music in Russia - Orthodox singing culture and folk art. The history of music education in Russia began, along with the emergence of a new, secular trend. The origin of music pedagogy Toward the end of the 18th century, a secular tradition of music education began to develop.

Famous choirs from operas by Verdi

Unlike the traditions of the early bel canto, which focused mainly on solo arias, Verdi chose an important place in his operatic work for choral music. He created a musical drama in which the destinies of the heroes did not develop in the stage vacuum, but were woven into the people's life and reflected the historical moment.

The Art of the Troubadours: Music and Poetry

The word “troubadour” from the Provencal language is translated as “to find,” “to invent,” because melodies and songs are a kind of discoveries and inventions. Most troubadours - vagrant musicians - sang their own songs and only a few, putting the song together, entrusted their performance to the juggler. The movement of the troubadours originated in Provence - the southeastern "historical" region of France, but over time began to spread in the north of France (where they later became known as truvers), and also in Italy and Spain.

Russian choral music X-XVI centuries

Russian choral music of the X-XVI centuries is an important layer that serves as the basis for the further development of Russian music and culture in general. At the previous stage of development - in ancient Russia - folk art occupied a dominant role in the life of society, since developed secular forms of professional music simply did not exist.

Baroque musical culture: aesthetics, artistic images, genres, musical style, composers

Did you know that the epoch that gave us Bach and Handel was called "fancy"? Moreover, it was called far from in a positive context. "The pearl of the irregular (bizarre) form" is one of the meanings of the term baroque. Still, the new culture was wrong from the point of view of the ideals of the Renaissance: harmony, complex images and forms replaced the harmony, simplicity and clarity.

The musical culture of romanticism: aesthetics, themes, genres and musical language

Zweig was right: Europe had not seen such a beautiful generation as romantics since the Renaissance. Wonderful images of the world of dreams, naked feelings and the desire for sublime spirituality - such colors painted the musical culture of romanticism. The emergence of romanticism and its aesthetics. While in Europe an industrial revolution took place, the hopes of the Great French Revolution were shaking in the hearts of Europeans.

The musical culture of classicism: aesthetic issues, Viennese music classics, main genres

In music, like in no other kind of art, the concept of “classic” has ambiguous content. Everything is relative, and any yesterday's hits that have stood the test of time - be it the masterpieces of Bach, Mozart, Chopin, Prokofiev or, say, The Beatles - can be attributed to classical works. Forgive me lovers of old music for the frivolous word "hit", but then even the great composers once wrote popular music for their contemporaries, without wagging at all for eternity.