Music Of Yesterday

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Hamish MacCunn

Hamish MacCunn was born March 22, 1868 in Greenock and died August 2, 1916 in London. Hamish MacCunn’s father, James MacCunn was a ship owner. Hamish MacCunn showed an early aptitude for music and...

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A Short History of the Bagpipe

(French Cornemuse; Italian Cornamusa; German Sackpfiefe) The bagpipe is a musical instrument of great antiquity and was known under many different names. It appears on a coin of Nero, who, according to Suetonius, was...

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Teodulo Mabelinni

Teodulo Mabellini was born April 2, 1817 at Pistoia and died March 10, 1897 in Florence. Teodulo Mabellini was a pupil of the Istituto Reale Musicale in Florence. When he was 19 years old,...

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Uilleann Pipes

Uilleann pipes is the correct name of the Irish domestic pipes, a name which, by a strange Anglicized corruption, was for a century written ‘Union.’ The Uilleann pipes are to be identified with the...

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What is Diaphony?

(1) Dissonance as opposed to symphonia or consonance. ‘Dissonantia et diaphonia idem sunt: nam, ut dicit Isidorus, diaphoniae sunt voces discrepantes sive dissonae, in quibus non est jocundus sed asperus sonus.’ (2) A primitive...

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What is Polyphony?

Polyphonia (English Polyphony from the Greek ‘many’, ‘a voice’) Polyphony is a term applied by musical historian to a certain species of unaccompanied vocal music in which each voice is made to sing a...

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Gioseffo Zarlino

Gioseffo Zarlino was born March 22, 1517 and died February 4, 1590 in Chioggia, Italy. Zarlino was one of the most learned and enlightened musical theorists of the 16th century. He was generally known...

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What is Counterpoint?

Counterpoint – (latin contrapunctus, Italian contrappunto, German Kontrapunkt, French contrepoint) Counterpoint is the name given to the art of combining melodies, or more strictly, to the art of adding melody to melody. The term...

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Apollonicon

The Apollonicon was a larger chamber organ of peculiar construction, comprising both keyboards and barrels, erected by Messrs. Flight and Robson, organ builders, and for many years publicly exhibited by them at their rooms...

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Cembalo

A cembalo (cimbalo) – Italian –a dulcimer was on old European name was cymbal. This ancient instrument was call cymbal by the Poles, and cimbalom by the Magyars. The derivation of cembalo is from...