Classical piano music is an enigma in a world full of techno-laden pop slop. A capsule of a bygone era, the music style lives on with ferocious tenacity. The legacy lives on.
Generally speaking the age of this style of music spans between 1750 and 1820.
During this time master composers such as Bach, Beethoven, and Haydn were at the peak of their game. Many liken this age to the golden age of art and literature.
Classical piano music is a written tradition. Music notation is the preferred correspondence when dealing with the medium. Most other musical styles are passed on through orally or through a recording, while classical piano music must be transcribed and passed along by paper.
This sense of tradition and posterity translates even to how it is played.
The original composers of the genre had specific visions for how and where the music should be performed. The effect of the music was important.
To really appreciate the complexity of classical piano music you experience it live.
No record, CD, or MP3 will ever be able to capture the mood of this style of music as vividly as a live performance. Most people think such a concert is boring. Nothing could be further from the truth. Concertos and solos can be surprisingly stirring, even moving people to tears.
Improvisation is a cornerstone of the genre and even played a part in some of the most famous and revered works of the time. This sense of play and fun can fill a concert hall with action, drama, suspense and joy.
Who knew that listening to a symphony could be as exciting as watching a football game?
Classical music is a rich tapestry of complex relationships. Composers wanted to create a link between the emotional and intellectual content of their work. This happened through musical development where they created many of the musical phrases and devices that we take for granted in the music of today.
Some of the Composers of the Classical Era
Franz Joseph Haydn was considered one of the first most prominent figures of the classical era. He was considered by many to be the father of the symphony. Haydn’s music was bright and had a bit of humor mixed in.
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is one of the most famous composers of the classical era. He created over 600 compositions for classical piano music and is a standard part of many concerts and symphonies.
Ludwig Van Beethoven is by far the most widely-known and regarded classical composer of all time. He is considered by many to be the first ever “rock-star”. He is responsible for some for some of the most sweeping piano classical music ever written.
Other famous composers from this era are Chopin and Bach. In fact, my favorite classical piece is “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring” by Bach.
To sum it all up, piano classical music has a rich history full of intrigue and has been celebrated by kings, queens, princes and emperors all over the world. Learning to appreciate the genre will give you a better ear for music that can greatly affect your performance as a musician.
Just as a writer gains more skills in his bag of tricks by reading others work, so does the musician who listens to complexly structured music.