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Robert Burns

Robert Burns

Robert Burns Robert Burns was born near Ayr, Scotland, 25th of January, 1759. He was the son of William Burnes, or Burness, at the time of the poet’s birth a nurseryman on the banks...

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Music Theory: Circle of Fifths

The circle of fifths is a diagram that illustrates a series of twelve fifths. These make it possible to modulate easily through all the keys by means of chords built on these fifths. Each...

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Music Symbols

Music symbols are instructions that signify how music notes and/or pieces should be played. Below is a list of the principal signs both current and obsolete. List of Music Symbols A dot above or...

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Music Theory: Time Signatures

Time signatures, represented by characters that indicate the measure of the rhythm of a piece of music in whole or in part. Time signatures can be changed mid music. The time signature comes after...

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Music Theory: Key Signatures

The signature of a musical composition or a part of it comprises all the signs and figures set at the beginning on the staff. These indicate two things, the key and the time, so...

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The Real Schubert 1797 – 1828

Schubert’s Period Austria, forever the bridge between occidental and oriental civilization, has been the land traversed by so many of the great composers, that it is hallowed to all musicians. Possibly the most dramatic...

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History of Music Instruments

Classification of Instruments. The means for the production of musical sound are few in number, and of such universality and antiquity that we cannot say when, how, or by whom they were invented. Modern...

Leopold August Abel

Leopold August Abel

Leopold August Abel was born at Cothen 1717, and died at Ludwigslust, August 25, 1794. He was the elder brother of Karl Friedrich Abel. He was a violinist and a pupil of Benda. He...