The Realm Of Classical Music

1297 Words Sep 28th, 2015 6 Pages
The realm of classical music is a relatively veiled in the sphere of popular culture, but if you take the time to scour through the beautiful, sometimes hundreds of years old pieces, you will be surprised by the magnificence and allure that the classical music genre can offer. There are three categories of classical music that can be observed throughout the extensive universe of classical pieces, absolute music, program music, and characteristic music or character pieces.
Absolute music is primarily instrumental and doesn’t present a general theme or idea, and is merely “music for music’s sake” (Morgan). The term absolute music was first used in 1846 in a program to Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony that was written by Richard Wagner, although the idea had been created in the late 1700’s by German Romanticist authors (Apel). Absolute music does not tell a story or convey any message external to the music itself, but still produces beautiful ravishing tunes. Although it is not as common as program or characteristic music, it is still hiding in prominent classical pieces. An exceptional example of mainstream absolute music that I enjoy is “Canon and Gigue for 3 violins and basso continuo” by Johann Pachelbel, more commonly known as simply “Canon in D,” or “Pachelbel’s Canon.” Pachelbel was a German composer who was most commonly recognized for his organ pieces. He composed “Canon in D” in 1680 during the Baroque era of classical music, an era characterized by heavily exaggerated and…
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