Questions tagged [history]

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

23 questions with no upvoted or accepted answers
Filter by
Sorted by
Tagged with
8
votes
0answers
58 views

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 ...
6
votes
0answers
134 views

Which famous musicians despise piano competitions, barring Bartók and Ives?

Source: The Dark Side of Piano Competitions, by Michael Johnson, AUG. 7, 2009 [reproduced here also] [...] A petition now circulating has attracted more than 500 signatures urging “transparency” ...
4
votes
0answers
27 views

Did Nat King Cole express contempt for fans of his pop recordings?

It seems to me that I've seen Nat King Cole quoted to this effect: I know that my Jazz records are good and my Pop records are junk. But how can I turn down the money I can make with the Pop records ...
4
votes
0answers
73 views

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 ...
4
votes
0answers
105 views

Beethoven thematic index

Where can I find a thematic index to the works of Beethoven? There is a hymn tune which is supposed to be from one of his works in many hymn books but I do not recognize it and would like to find out ...
3
votes
0answers
25 views

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 ...
2
votes
0answers
15 views

Did Meat Loaf ever perform the song live, or release a recording of “Everything works if you let it”?

The title of the song Everything works if you let it was a saying of the character played by Meat Loaf in his first starring role in the 1980 film Roadie. Did Meat Loaf ever perform this song live in ...
2
votes
0answers
48 views

Why is unpitched percussion so dominant in music produced in the last century onward?

The motivation for this question is personal; I find unpitched percussion grating, and thus the way that I will pose the question will be colored by that. The prevalence of unpitched percussion is ...
2
votes
0answers
192 views

Why Ritchie Blackmore hated “When a Blind Man Cries”?

In wikipedia it is written that: Because guitarist Ritchie Blackmore disliked "When a Blind Man Cries", the band never played the song live during his stay with the band, with the exception of one ...
2
votes
0answers
17 views

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 ...
2
votes
0answers
57 views

What was The Grand Tour?

In some of my readings, I come across some passing mentions that Vancouver was a stop on the Grand Tour and that was a contributing factor in it developing a lot of infrastructure for musical ...
2
votes
0answers
41 views

Why does all the songs in Fucked Up's album “David Comes to Life” consist of three words?

The Canadian hardcore band Fucked Up released the album David Comes to Life in 2011. The album is formed as a rock opera. I just noticed that all the songs have three word titles. I find it hard to ...
2
votes
0answers
55 views

Is Sweelinck's Toccata primi toni, SwWV 286 one of the first baroque pieces?

Sweelinck is considered one of the first baroque composers. In fact, most his pieces are still very Renaissance style. One of his most famous pieces that sounds more baroque is Toccata primi toni, ...
2
votes
0answers
73 views

What is the origin of the synth sample in the start of both [Dark PHOENiX] Deaf to all but the Song and DBZ Ultimate Tenkaichi - Courage

Within the first 10 seconds of both songs you can clearly hear very similar musical phrases played on a bright synth with delay and filter modulation. I didn't find any direct relation between the two ...
1
vote
0answers
25 views

What was the well-known Russian song Lean wanted for Doctor Zhivago?

What was the well-known Russian song Lean wanted for Doctor Zhivago? see quote: " Initially Lean had desired to use a well-known Russian song but could not locate the rights to it, and delegated ...
1
vote
0answers
52 views

Did Chopin request that his Prelude Op. 28 No. 4 (E minor) be played at his own funeral?

I have read in a couple of places that Chopin himself requested for his Prelude Op. 28 No. 4 to be played at his own funeral, but no citation was given. Now I know that the preludes No. 4 and No. 6 ...
1
vote
0answers
896 views

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/...
1
vote
0answers
61 views

History of musical instruments in classical music

I recently read a bit about how the harpsichord was replaced by the piano, but the text did not go in depth into the reasons behind the change. I am looking for resources to learn what instruments ...
0
votes
0answers
11 views

Have workstation-keyboard accompaniments ever been used in recorded music?

I am aware that rhythm and accompaniments on home keyboards typically exist to make playing at home less lonely/more fun. However, I doubt that no recording artist has never tried it in the name of ...
0
votes
0answers
25 views

What are some of the earliest examples of songs featuring blast beats in triple metre?

For those who may not know, triple metre most often applies to songs with time signatures of 3 or 9. For the purposes of my question, I will include 6, 12, etc. even though they are usually considered ...
0
votes
0answers
22 views

Songs with unintelligible lyrics and incomplete lyrics transcript

Are there any recordings of songs that lack a full transcript of the lyrics? Often lyrics are difficult to understand solely from the recording and I can imagine lower fidelity recordings from the ...
0
votes
0answers
60 views

Movie scene about Dr. Dre discovering Eminem

I can’t remember when I’ve seen a movie scene where (if I’m right) Jimmy Iovine is sitting with Dre and he turns on a cassette he found in garage and that's the time Dre first hears Eminem. So my ...
0
votes
0answers
54 views

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: ...