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Prevent Physical Injuries Playing Musical Instruments

Musicians like athletes, can develop physical problems as a result of their practice. It doesn’t matter what musical instrument you are playing. You should make sure you prevent physical injuries, by being aware of the injury symptoms and knowing how to deal with them. Though musicians were and still are told to “play through the […]

Understanding Music

“Eyes are organs of temptation and the ears the organs of instruction”, said Aristotle. Music has made big changes throughout the history of this world or maybe big changes happened through music. Though, some may underestimate music and its power. Mankind used to listen to music, even before he learns to play it. The music […]

The Art of Performance & beyond

It’s a long road toward an ideal performance. What makes a performance academically ideal could be defined and listed (in fact it is defined and listed). One may argue that it can be reached through analysis, practice, interpretation, etc., and of course it takes time. Therefore, it is not a mystery! But what makes a […]

The Story of Music (Part 4)

In 15th century, except for educational system, all of the key elements that were to define humanism were controlled. During the early 15th century, English music became very important. It inspired the development of an international style. Composers who were living in the area ruled by dukes of Burgundy had the greatest influence on this […]

The Story of Music (Part 3)

The 14th century was an unstable age. The humanism was strengthening and Church authority was being undermined by the move of the papacy to Avignon (1309–1378) and a schism between rival popes (1378–1417). Church control reduced and human reason became an authority on its own. The independence from the church led the human concerns to […]

Music and Philosophy

Music talks without words; it expresses the inexpressible, where there is no sufficient word. Yet, its language is universal. “Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent” says Victor Hugo. Music can heal, motivate, inspire and even more… Whereas anything produced by human being has the human […]

The story of Music (Part 2)

Before the developments of musical notation, Middle-Ages songs (e.g. chants, secular monophony) were passed down from memory to the next generation. At the time, some composers and musicians were active outside the Church. Moreover, eight modes were recognized by medieval theorists which became a great source for later composers. Poet-composers such as Troubadours and Trouverès […]