Recitative

The musically spoken dialogue or Recitative is a type of vocal music representing conversation. Like opera, the actors sing their parts yet differ from opera in that the actors in recitatives speak in a musical manner of tones; each syllable […]

Operetta

The Operetta is a newcomer of musical forms born in mid 1850s France. Like it’s predecessor opera, the operetta was immediately popular as a light form of comic opera with singing actors and dance. The first great operetta, ‘Orpheus in […]

Opera

In simple terms, Opera is a musical theatrical drama in which the actors are singers. The majority of acting parts will be sung as opposed to spoken as in a play. Opera has been famously loved for centuries for its […]

Rhapsody

In musical reference, Rhapsody is a single movement instrumental, irregular in form and of a free flowing nature, thereby suggestive of improvisation. The musical term rhapsody was used in ancient Greece as a description of significant poetic narration. The rhapsody […]

Symphony

The symphony is a large musical composition for orchestra which is usually written in four linked movements. The word Symphony is of Greek origin and is defined as “sounding together.” The term was applied to various forms of ensemble music […]

Prelude

As its name implies, a Prelude is a short piece of music preceding a more substantial work. It is an introduction into the main composition. Musicians always tune their instruments before playing and they would improvise short phrases of music […]

March

A March is musical piece in which the tempo and main beat is set to match the steps of the parading bands, soldiers, or other marching performers or showmen. The tempo can be a slow as funeral steps or as […]

Fanfare

A Fanfare is a flourish of trumpets or other brass instruments often with percussion accompaniment. It is a kind of announcement or introduction to an important event or ceremony of significance such as the King’s entrance or other dignitary occasions. […]

Anthem

An Anthem is a religious choral composition with an English text. The anthem was first developed in the mid 16th century and played an important role in the Anglican and Protestant church. Early anthems mostly consisted of four-part pieces written […]

Song Cycle

The Song Cycle was developed in Germany during the early 19th century. Song Cycles are groups of songs with musical accompaniment. The lyrics are often taken from the works of a single poet and based on a theme such as […]

Film Score

  The art of the film score took off in the 1930s with the rise of the ‘talkies’ in Europe and the United States. At that time many eminent composers fled fascism and found work in Hollywood. The composers were […]