Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Music Has Changed, but It Still Rocks! By Mark Begelman

Even though nowadays we can enjoy the variety of musical genres, we can’t deny the respectability and the feeling of dignity when we hear the good old sound of a piano, or a thundering symphony. But still, the electric guitars and techno beat that is popular in recent years can also awake strong feelings in all of us, and make us dance and follow the enchanting rhythm.

The greatest classical composers created their masterpieces during the end of XVIII and the very beginning of XIX century. Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven, Bach, and several other exceptional artists enriched our musical history with the amazing compositions. The powerful sound of cello, contrabass, organ, made these musical pieces serene and strong at the same time. The accent was on the stringed instruments, clarinet, trombone. 

Then came the romantic period. Related to the period of Romanticism (the European movement in the XIX century), music in this era promoted also the values that overwhelmed Europe in those times: the supernatural, many fantastic spiritual experiences, the emphasis of the national identity. The most famous names of this age are Frederick Chopin, Liszt, Wagner, Tchaikovsky etc. Chopin’s sonatas and the sound of Liszt’s piano can wake up dreamy and nostalgic emotions in each of us. 

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The twentieth century music is greatly influenced by the emergence of new technologies, and tremendous change in musical form. This included experimentation with these forms that completely changed the sensation and the impression of music. One of the most popular genres even today, is rock and roll that emerged from rhythm & blues and country & western in 1940s and 1950s. Roots of rock and roll can be tracked in beats from Africa, because when people from these areas came to America, their music came with them, and that way influenced the creation of many new genres that spread throughout the world: hip hop, jazz, blues etc. Elvis Presley, The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan and many other famous musicians and bands were influenced by this new, rebellious culture.

Probably the essence of music is its ability to connect people. From the beginning of time, music is there to give us the immense pleasure, and to wake up all of our senses, whether it’s Mozart playing or The Rolling Stones.  

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