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About the golden age of music

Music has evolved throughout the years and its best time is called the golden age of music.

The Golden Age of Music

Music is regarded as the best and only universal language and hence is preferred by everybody, due to its immense ability to relieve people of their stress levels, problems and pain. Music has evolved over time, and has developed to what it is now today. Taking its start from the Medieval Era, it has developed and evolved through the following periods: Renaissance Era, Baroque period, Classical period, Romantic Era and the Modern Era.

However, the best years of music is classified and known as the Golden age of music, and this article explains the Golden age of music with reference to the famous composers of that period and other events that took place during that era.

It is the music of the Classical period (the music of the 18th century), which is referred to as the “Golden Age of Music”. The music of this period features a wonderful melody with accompaniment, that is, it is mainly homophonic. Unlike the music in the Medieval, Renaissance or Baroque periods, the music, melodies and tunes were very singable.

The music had many variations with respect to the melodies, keys, dynamics and rhythms, and was very wholesome and pure. Just like new forms of music were established, new additions to the orchestra were also apparent during this period, especially in the form of range and size. For example, the Clarinet, which is a single reed instrument, was developed during this era and joined the orchestra in the latter part of that century. It is a modified form of the Basset Horn.

The limits of music too began to expand during this era, and hence more and more string instruments were added to the orchestra. A small flute, known as the Piccolo was also introduced to the orchestra during this period, so as to balance the larger group of wind instruments that were used back then. In addition to that, an instrument known as the Tenor Oboe (also known as the Cor Anglais) was also added to the double bassoon. With the introduction of new instruments, there rose the need for more musicians (instrumentalists), and hence the number of players in the orchestra rose to about 25-30.

Sonata, Trio, Symphony, Divertimento, String Quartet Concerto, and Serenade were some of the (main) popular forms of music introduced in that period. Joseph Haydn, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Ludwig Van Beethoven (who also belongs to the Romantic Era), Johann Stamitz, Cristoph Willibald Gluck, Luigi Boccherini, Johann Christian Bach, Muzio Clementi, Carl Phillip Emanuel Bach, and Franz Schubert (who is also seen as a musician who falls in the transition period). Their musical compositions were very unique and marvelous. They were true masterworks of music, which is the sole reason why that music is still listened to and appreciated by listeners, even today.

It was during this period, everything in music changed drastically and it was this change (in the types of instruments used, the range of those instruments, the varied themes and melodies, and the size of the orchestra along with the fabulous creations of the prolific composers of that era) that helped the development and uplift of music during that period and ever since. This is the main reason why this era is known as the magical period of music, the “Golden Age of Music”


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