Music Of Yesterday

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Cor Anglais (Cor Angle)

Cor Anglais (Italian corno Inglese; German Englisches Horn) The Cor anglais was a tenor oboe in the key of F which is a fifth lower than the ordinary oboe. It had the same scale...

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What is a Breve?

A breve is a note of two semibreves. The breve was invented about 1200 A.D. The breve was originally the shorter of two notes in which the earliest music was composed. Its length was...

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Pierre Baillot

Pierre Baillot was born October 1, 1771 at Passy near Paris and died September 15, 1842. He showed very early musical talent, and got his first instruction on the violin from an Italian named...

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Marie Taglioni

Marie Taglioni was born April 23, 1804 (Regli), or 1809 (Biographie Universelle), at Stockholm, Sweden. She died April 24, 1884 at Marseille, France. She was the daughter of Filippo Taglioni, an Italian dancer and...

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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...