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
Dvorakâ€™s Symphony No. 9 â€śFrom the New Worldâ€ť
Shostakovichâ€™s Symphony No. 5