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Solfeggio

Solfeggio is a musical exercise for the voice on the syllables Ur (or Do), Re, Mi, Fa, Sol, La, forming the Guidonian hexachord, to which was added later the syllable Si on the 7th...

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Giuseppe Tartini

Giuseppe Tartini was born April 8, 1692 in Slovenia (Istria) and died February 26, 1770 in Italy. Tartini was the founder of an important school of violin playing at Padua, and the originator of...

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Neils Gade

Niels Gade was born February 22, 1817 and died December 21, 1890 at Copenhagen. Niels Gade was the son of a maker of musical instruments. His first instruction in music was obtained from a...

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History of the American Organ

The principle of the American organ was first discovered about 1835 by a workman in the factory of M. Alexandre, the most celebrated harmonium maker of Paris. M. Alexandre constructed a few instruments on...

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Recitative

Recitative (Italian Recitativo; German, Recitatif; from the Latin Recitare). A species of declamatory music, extensively used in those portions of an opera, an oratorio, or a cantata, in which the action of the drama...

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Carlo Farinelli

Carlo Broschi Farinelli was born January 24, 1705 at Naples and died July 15, 1782 at seventy eight years old. Some say that Carlo Farinelli derived his sobriquet from the occupation of his father...

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Pietro Nardini

Pietro Nardini was born in Fibiana, a village in Tuscany, April 12 1722 and died May 7, 1793 at Florence. Pietro Nardini received his first musical instruction at Leghorn, and later studied for several...

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Sackbut

Sackbut is an early name for the trombone probably derived from the Spanish sacabuche (‘draw tube’) i.e., sacar ‘to draw’, and bucha ‘a pipe,’ originally made of boxwood, the name being also given to...

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Eaton Faning

Eaton Faning was born May 20, 1850 at Helston in Cornwall and he died October 28, 1927. His father was a professor of music. He received his first instruction on the piano and violin...

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Tierce

Tierce, i.e., Tiers, third. A name given to the interval of the Third, whether Major or Minor. The fourth of the series of natural harmonics, being the Major Third in the third octave above...