Questions tagged [history]

For questions about the past or present events of Musical History.

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Why did Pierre Boulez wear sunglasses while conducting?

Reddit refers to this "1968 video of Maestro Boulez conducting a bit of the second movement of Debussy's "Nocturnes". I know that Boulez 'pretty much hated everyone apart from maybe Webern, ...
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Why did Gustav Mahler use the song “Frère Jacques” in the 3rd mvt of his Symphony No. 1?

Gustav Mahler's Symphony No. 1, in D major, is written as a typical and conventional four-movement structure (opening - dance - slow - finale): I. Introduction and Allegro comodo. II. Scherzo. ...
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about Soft Machine and Gong

Is there a book or a source containing the whole history of Soft Machine and Gong? In particular focusing on the interaction between their members during the sixties and before their foundation?
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Difference between Song and Qawwali?

Yesterday in lecture my teacher asked me to tell me the difference between Song and Qawwali and don't have any answer and he said me to tell me the difference b/w them tomorrow.Please tell me the real ...
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Classical music a stress buster

Why there is relaxing effect in our body when we hear the classical music for example Mozart ,Beethoven and Chopin. What does the continuous variation of low and high pitch causes to our brain??
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How has popular music singing evolved over the past 70 years to where it is now?

While I have a background in music (as fine arts), I am less familiar with pop and its associated analysis, which tends to be culturally-based. There is a diction in singing that seems to have shifted ...
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First 45 not to feature a “second song”?

Napoleon XIV (AKA Jerry Samuels) released "They're Coming to Take Me Away" in 1966. He had no second song, so they simply played the song backwards on the B-side. A lot of singles simply feature an ...
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Voegeli's “All things Considered” Theme Song and It's Hollywood Connection

The theme song for the NPR show "All Things Considered" is based on a 1974 composition by Don Voegeli. You can hear the multiple versions in the podcast at this page. Interestingly, after Voegeli ...
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What is the story of Widmann: Viola Concerto?

I have come across a video of the concert on Facebook. It said that the violinist starts screaming at some point during the concert, which is true. Furthermore, on Youtube, all the comments talk ...
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GREEN BOOK: Is there any sheet music available by Don Shirley?

Don or Doc Shirley was an afro-american pianist and composer (Movie: GREEN BOOK) I am looking for midi files or written music (especially his interpretation of blue skies: https://www.youtube.com/...
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was Don Shirley also a composer even if he didn't write down any sheet music?

first I want to say that I'm just trying to find some questions to pay attention to Doc Shirley. Yesterday we went to see the movie "THE GREEN BOOK" and from the first piece he played I realized what ...
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Did Ray Manzarek play a Hohner keyboard bass on a commercial recording or public occasion?

I was looking into buying a Hohner Bass (out of historical interest into Hohner keyboards, not because I am planning to play it). To my amazement I found several offers, and wiki-style pages, that ...
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Did Sidney Bechet “study” with Lorenzo Tio Jr.?

Did Sidney Bechet "study" with Lorenzo Tio Jr.? To my knowledge, they associated with each other, but I don't know about studied with in the way that Dodds or Bigard did. The wikipedia article ...
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Why is the melody for the “Gloria” from “Angels We Have Heard On High” so similar to the one from “Ding Dong Merrily On High”?

Here's an etymology question, if you will: the choruses of "Ding Dong Merrily on High" and "Angels We Have Heard On High" have the same melody for the first few bars, and on the same word. This seems ...
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Who was the first person to spin a double bass during a performance?

I was wondering who was the first person to spin a double bass during a performance, and who popularized it?
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Did Glenn Gould's humming bother other musicians during concerts?

I hope this question is appropriate on this SE. Maybe it's a bit of a trivia but somehow I see it as part of music history. So Glenn Gould's humming is notorious and does not need to be discussed. ...
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What classical piece is used as inspiration during the first six seconds of Purple Dreams by Figaro Castello?

I think the artist Figaro Castello borrowed a motif from a famous romantic era piece in his piano composition "Purple Dreams". Spotify link. What is the name of the piece it is alluding to? It is ...
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Are there any kinds of Jazz that use Sitars?

I'm a fan of traditional Sitar Raga Music and Sitars used in popular/psychedelic/progressive music. The other night I was listening to an NPR station and briefly thought I heard a piece of Jazz music ...
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Was Elvis Presley's 'Suspicious Minds' the first song with a fade-out and fade back in?

Wikipedia on Suspicious Minds explains: Elvis' primary producer Felton Jarvis made the unusual decision to add a premature fade-out to the song starting at 3:36 and lasting for 15 seconds before ...
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Milli Vanilli's Rob Pilatus - year of birth

I was just watching the programme Gone... But Not Forgotten 30 Stars of the 80s. It mentioned Rob Pilatus (1965-1998) with Milli Vanilli's song Girl I'm Gonna Miss You. Just out of curiousity I ...
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What does “language is gestural and splintered” mean in music? How can it arouse “the overall impression of highly coloured abstraction”?

I'm reading The Rough Guide to Classical Music (2010 5th ed.) by Joe Staines. On p. 563 bottom, left column, he writes: Takemitsu’s orchestral works vary considerably, but his overriding ...
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Who's the earliest rock band to use a sitar?

Who's the earliest rock band to use a sitar on a song recording or album?
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How can I locate old sheet music if I know the author, title and copyright info?

In doing research about one of my ancestors, I found a record of a hymn that he wrote and received a copyright for, back in 1914. I'm interested in locating a copy of the sheet music, but I have no ...
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Why did Mahler experience fin-de-siècle angst?

Source: The Complete Classical Music Guide (2012). General Editor: John Burrows OBE HonRCM, edited with Charles Wiffen. p. 152 Bottom Right. Music Apart from lost student chamber works, ...
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Why did Guillaume de Machaut believe that “in my end is my beginning, and in my beginning”?

Source: The Master and His Emissary (2009). p. 448 Middle.   The individual life was seen in the past as more than just a line leading to — what? Its shape had the qualities of a circle: in my ...
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What did Schoenberg intend to say by '[Ives] responds to negligence by contempt'?

Source: Charles Ives and the Classical Tradition. p. 87 Top. There is a great Man living in this Country—a composer. He has solved the problem of how to preserve one's self-esteem. He responds ...
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Songs with powerful real-life significance [closed]

I was listening to Vera Lynn's We'll Meet Again, which is an impactful song as it was popular among people going to World War II and their families left behind. I was wondering what other songs have ...
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Is there a streaming music service that plays music by year or decade (esp 60s to 80s) based on what was actually popular in the decade?

I find that most “decade channels” (eg 80s Music) play music based on a retrospective notion of the decade. In that, some songs are overplayed and some songs are forgotten. I want to (re-) hear the ...
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As a performer, was Mozart primarily a pianist or a violinist?

As a performer, was Mozart primarily a pianist or a violinist? In other words, which was his primary performing instrument? As he gained success as a composer, did he stop performing? If so, was it ...
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Intro Song in Petra Documentary

So, there is this documentary called "Petra: the lost city of stone". At the very beginning, you immediatly here the narrator speaking with a background music. I'm not a music expert, i cannot even ...
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When did Beste (vocal genre in Ottoman classical music) appear?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beste_(Turkish_music) (CC-BY-SA): The beste is a vocal genre in Ottoman classical music. It was a movement of the fasıl, or suite. When did the genre appear, and when ...
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is there any particular reason why songs in spanish are taking over?

I was reading the charts for most viewed youtube songs for the years 2017/2018 . In it, 7 out of the 10 most viewed youtube music videos are in spanish. Notice this wasnt like this before, in years ...
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Musician with the most one-off aliases

On a train of thought inspired by @Bebs' question, there are many one-off fun aliases made up for "off-contract" work : for example Luther Grosvenor as Arial Bender, Bob Dylan as Blind boy Grunt and ...
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A famous R&B musician alluded to in *Swan Peak*

In the mystery novel Swan Peak by James Lee Burke there is this sentence : She remembered a statement that Keith Richards once made regarding a famous R&B musician whose hostility to his own ...
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Why did all the prog rock bands switch to an Electro-Pop sound in the early 80s?

It seems that many (if not all) of the major Prog Rock bands switched to some form of Synth Pop or Electro Pop in the early 80s. I get it that styles change and bands tend to follow trends, but if ...
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When did musicians started to call each other “MF” in a friendly meaning?

According to the Cambridge Dictionary, the word motherfucker is a very offensive way to insult someone. an extremely insulting name for someone you hate or for someone who has made you angry. But ...
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When did the Goombay genre start?

According to Wikipedia Goombay is a music genre from the Bahamas (in addition to being the name of an instrument central to the genre). What was the first song that would today be qualified as ...
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How and why do I know the song Луди жаби?

I'm gonna win the prize for the most weird question ever? Maybe. I've recently moved to Bulgaria from Italy, and a bunch of weeks ago on TV I heard a song, Луди жаби from the band Джанго Зе. (trad: ...
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How does a pork chop relate to Duke Ellington's answer of 'Bach and myself'?

Source: The Rest Is Noise: Listening to the Twentieth Century (1 ed. 2007; but 2008 Reprint ed. exists). p. 151 Bottom. There's a wonderful scene in a 1944 New Yorker profile in which Ellington is ...
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Identify melody used in a production of Waiting for Godot for “the dog song”

I'm exasperatedly seeking the melody behind this scene in a BBC production of Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot, starting here at the 1:04:18 mark. Singing more slowly, with a lilt, feels helpful. ...
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Can you identify this (folk) melody? [duplicate]

I'm exasperatedly seeking the melody behind this scene in a BBC production of Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot, starting here at the 1:04:18 mark. It reminds me of Schubert's Der Müller und der Bach,...
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When did Progressive Trance appear?

While the English Wikipedia talks a bit about progressive trance, the German and Spanish ones are much more complete. But they all miss information about the origin of progressive trance. What was ...
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Did Beethoven assist to rehearsals?

As you may know, Beethoven spent the last decade of his life almost completely deaf. That made me wonder : Was he a conductor ? Did he assist to the rehearsals of his concerts ?
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Can a band (i.e. Linkin Park) survive the loss of a core member?

After Chester committed suicide and broke our hearts, I wondered what will happen next? Will Linkin Park survive? Is there an example from history where bands were able to recover after losing a core ...
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Why are female singers criticised when singing live more than male singers?

I mean, there are a lot of talks, youtube videos, criticism, ect about female singers when they perform live (she can't sing live, she can't hit that high note like records, she doesn't sound like ...
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Why doesn't anyone write great symphonies any more?

Most of the "great" symphonies stem from the 18th and 19th centuries. Shostakovich was the last great symphonic composer and he died in 1975. I'm not aware of anyone writing great symphonies since him....
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Why did not I see black people in Rodriguez concert in South Africa?

I just watched the documentary Searching for Sugar Man, a movie about Rodriguez. In this documentary they said that his music was a big influencer in fighting with music against the apartheid. But ...
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History of the Guitar in Rock 'n' Roll music

Since when guitars were used in Rock 'n' Roll music? Not necessarily as lead instrument. The wiki page says In the earliest rock and roll styles of the late 1940s and early 1950s, either the piano ...
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Why did '/Passenger.' break up?

Wikipedia mentions that the British music band /Passenger. broke up in 2009 after releasing their debut and only album in 2007. I tried to find some other details but could not find much. Does anyone ...
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What's the oldest known song that is still played today?

I am curious on whether any songs still exist from Roman Empire (before the split, so ca. 27 BC – 395 AD), from the Greek period (Alexander the Great to the end of the Seleucid Empire, so ca. 356 BC - ...