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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...

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History of the Zither

A zither is a stringed instrument that is plucked with a plectrum and could be one of the most ancient musical instruments. The plectrum is the main distinction between the real zither, or ‘Schlagzither’...

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History of The Last Rose of Summer

The Last Rose of Summer was written by Thomas Moore to the tune of ‘The Groves of Blarney.’ ‘The Groves of Blarney’ may be a variation of an older air called ‘The Young Man’s...

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History of John Brown’s Body

John Brown’s Body was one of the most popular marching tunes in its day. Its origin is American, and during the Civil War it was sung a lot. Its melody and its ‘authentic’ set...

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History of Home Sweet Home

The words of Home, Sweet Home were written by an American, John Howard Payne, and the music is the composition of Sir Henry R. Bishop. About 1820 a subscription folio was published through Goulding...

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History of Hail Columbia

Hail Columbia is one of the national patriotic songs of America. Its melody was first composed as a march in honor of the election of Washington as President in 1789. The credit of its...

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History of God Save the King

God Save the King is an anthem in two sections. The first section is six bars and the second section is eight bars. The first public performance is stated to have been at a...