Interview with Disclosure
Three years ago, Guy and Howard Lawrence, speaking as Disclosure, began trying to make a difference in the radio charts for the better. Last September, the band released their second…

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We were the last rock stars: a collection of Noel Gallagher's best sayings
The king of rock and the witty master Noel Gallagher over the past decades has provided all music publications with invaluable news material. We decided to recall the best of…

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Impressionism in music
Impressionism (French: impressionnisme, from impression - impression), the direction in art of the last third of the XIX - beginning of XX centuries. The application of the term "impressionism" to…

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vocal apparatus

What is a harp

Gusli is a stringed musical instrument, the most common in Russia.

The harp is a flat box-resonator with strings stretched over it. Under various names – cannel, kankles, kok-le, kantele, kusle, kesle – this multi-stringed plucked instrument is known among the peoples of the Baltic and Volga regions.

Gusli has been known in Russia since the 11th century. In shape, the pterygoid gusli was distinguished, also called voiced or arched, and helmet-shaped. Both of them, while playing, were kept on their knees, Continue reading

French horn

French horn (from German Waldhorn – “forest horn”, Italian. Corno, English french horn, French. Cor) – brass wind musical instrument bass-tenor register. It came from a hunting signal horn; it entered the orchestra in the middle of the 17th century. Until the 1830s, like other copper instruments, it had no valves and was a natural instrument with a limited sound scale.

Among its closest neighbors, brass instruments, the horn stands out for its particularly melodious, velvety and warm timbre, and its thoughtfully lyrical sound. Its distant predecessor was a hunting horn, as evidenced by the name itself: translated from German, “horn” means “forest horn”.

Hence, the first impression of the sound of the horn is associated with the boundless distance, nature, forests and fields. But the horn is also characterized by courageous, dramatic colors, they remind of the other side of the life of an ancient instrument, which in the Middle Ages gave a signal to the start of knightly tournaments. The hunting horn was held up to the bell. Only 14-15 sounds could be played on it. Continue reading

Oboe

Oboe (from fr. Hautbois, literally “tall tree”, English, German and Italian. Oboe) is a woodwind musical instrument of the soprano register of the symphony orchestra, which is a conical tube with a valve system and a double cane (tongue). Oboe acquired a modern look in the first half of the 18th century. The instrument has a melodious, but somewhat nasal, and in the upper register – a sharp timbre.

The oboe can also be a member of a brass band, in various chamber ensembles. By the sound of “la” oboe, an orchestra is tuned.

Oboe device is complicated. The sound in it occurs as a result of the vibration of two connected reed plates, called a cane, which is mounted on a metal tube – a pin and tightly tied with a thread. The diameter of the pin and the size of the reed plates affect the structure of the instrument, its timbre and sound quality. The cane is the “vocal cords” of the Continue reading

Mugham
What is mugam? This question cannot be answered unequivocally. Mugam is also called the genre of Azerbaijani folk music, and its inherent special fret organization. Once in the framework of…

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Genres in music
Genre (from French genre - genus) is a historically established division, the type of work in the unity of its form and content. They differ in the way of performance…

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Interview with Foals
Journalist Lisa Forster sings the praises of Foals' fourth album, What Went Down. This, however, does not negate the fact that when meeting with her, frontman Yannis Filippakis and guitarist…

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What is symphonic electronic music?
The idea to write an article under such a title did not arise from idleness and not at all by chance, but as an urgent need for a precise and…

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