Today, it seems that almost every group has a â€śmonthâ€ť in their
honor. A sampling for September includesâ€¦â€¦Honey, Piano, Little League,
Fall Hat, National Hispanic Heritage, Subliminal Marketing, Kidsâ€™ Good
Manners, and â€¦Classical Music.
During September, 90.5 WKAR will celebrate Classical Music Month!
Though we celebrate classical music every day on 90.5 WKAR, this month
aptly leads the way towards 90.5â€™s 60th anniversary (October 4), the return of the Detroit Symphony Orchestraâ€™s radio broadcast season, and the kick-off of the Classical Music Endowment Fund for WKAR.
Those of us smitten with the genre have most likely had a friend,
relative, or a child ask you â€śWhat is classical music?â€ť You may have
been caught off guard, even a bit tongue-tied in trying to provide a
quick and succinct answer about a musical genre that encompasses many
styles of music that span more than 700 years!
Historically, classical music originates from the Latin term
â€śclassicusâ€ťor taxpayer of the highest class. As the word made it way
through the French, German, and English languages the definition evolved
into several words: classical, formall, orderlie, approved,
authenticall, and principall. According to The American Heritage Dictionary classical in regard to music is described as: 2. Mus. a. of European music during the late 18th and early 19th century. b. Of concert music, such as a symphony and opera, as opposed to popular or folk music.
Classical music, according to music historiographers, is
classified by six different stylistic periods: Before 1400/Medieval
(characterized by Gregorian chant, mostly religious),
1400-1600/Renaissance (an increase of secular music, madrigals, and art
song), 1600-1750/Baroque (known for its intricate ornamentation),
1750-1820/Classical (balance and structure), 1820-1900/Romantic
(emotional, large, and programmatic compositions), and Beyond 1900/20th Century (limitless).
We know that many 90.5 Classical listeners and readers of our
program guide have been fans of the genre for years, however, if you are
a new classical music fan weâ€™re providing here a list of our favoritesâ€¦
â€śTop Ten Essential Symphoniesâ€ť
Beethovenâ€™s Symphony No. 5 and Symphony No. 9, â€śChoral
Tchaikovskyâ€™s Symphony No. 6, â€śPathetiqueâ€ť
Mozartâ€™s Symphonies 35-41
Dvorakâ€™s Symphony No. 9 â€śFrom the New Worldâ€ť
Mahlerâ€™s Symphony No. 1, â€śTitanâ€ť
Schubertâ€™s Symphony No. 8, â€śUnfinishedâ€ť
Haydnâ€™s Symphonies Nos. 103 and 104
Shostakovichâ€™s Symphony No. 5
Brahmsâ€™ Symphony No. 2.
on Sep. 1, 2011 at 1:13 PM