Influence Of Music On Modern Music

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Music from the past has had a tremendous effect on what modern music is today. This is shown through the use of word painting and dynamics in the Renaissance period, instruments and Operas in the Baroque Period, primary triads and homophonic compositions in the Classical Period and finally, the utilisation of tone poems and heartfelt passion in the Romantic Period. If it wasn’t for these periods, music would not have evolved in such a immense and progressive way.

The Renaissance Period which occurred between roughly between 1400-1600 has influenced the modern world’s music through Renaissance composers such as Giovanni Gabrieli whose use of dynamics has helped shape music theory taught today. The Renaissance was a time of dramatic development
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The word Baroque originally meaning ‘oddly shaped pearl’ or ‘imperfect pearl’ came to be the period of dramatic, exaggerated and intense compositions. The contrast of dynamics continued to grow and a focus began on single melody and bass lines. This was called basso continuo. Opera also became popular during this time period including works such as Jacopo Peri’s Dafne and Claudio Monteverdi’s Orfeo. Although a little faded, opera is still used and well loved today like the hits by Andrew Lloyd Webber ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ and ‘Cats’. One composer, whose music shaped an era and today, is Johann Sebastian Bach. Heavily inspired by the church in earlier life, Bach created a movement of powerful organ centred compositions. One magnificent chorale of Bach’s from his ‘St Matthew Passion’ later had its melody reworked by the famous Paul Simon under the name ‘American Tune’ released in 1973. This displays the timeless effect of Bach’s music by rearranging it to fit another generation’s ever-changing taste in music. Other influenced artists include Paul McCartney of The Beatles who watched a group perform Bach 's ‘Brandenburg Concerto #2’ on television and was inspired to add trumpets to his song ‘Penny …show more content…
The Classical Period featured elegant and beautiful sounding compositions which focused on parts moving together in harmony instead of the layered effect of the Baroque era. This harmonious technique was called ‘homophonic’. The piano soon replaced the harpsichord as a primary instrument alongside more orchestral instruments such as the oboe and clarinet. Songs were based on the tonic, subdominant and dominant notes (primary triads) much like modern songs. For instance, Bob Dylan’s famous song ‘Blowin’ in the Wind’ follows the same primary triad format. Also, countless pop songs follow this progression as it is a catchy and easy to listen to progression. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is to this day, one of the most well-known and praised composers in history. He was one of the biggest inspirations to Ludwig van Beethoven a composer of the late Classical Period transitioning to the early Romantic Period. Beethoven paved the way for the new era which eventually led to today’s music. His influential songs included revolutionary techniques and acts likes juxtaposition of chords, programmatic writing, the application of folk music, and the enlargement of the orchestra’s size. Modern music is inspired by classical

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