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GRAHAM'S MUSIC

Classical Music Demystified

Graham Abbott writes about classical music and shares its inside stories. Many of these stories will be based on scripts broadcast in "Keys To Music" on ABC Classic between 2003 and 2017. Many thanks to the ABC for permission to use this material.

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Fireworks

The article which follows is based on a radio script which marked the 400th Keys To Music program. I decided to celebrate with fireworks...

Rondo Form

Music is usually cast by composers in some sort of form or structure, and one of the simplest and most commonly used structures is...

The Mass: Agnus Dei

In this post we conclude our five-part series on music for the Mass. In previous instalments we’ve looked at composers’ settings of the...

The Mass: Credo

In the last two posts we have looked at the way in which composers have set the first two sections of the ordinary of the Mass to music....

The Mass: Gloria

This post continues our journey through the texts of the Ordinary of the Mass, and how these have been set to music by composers over the...

The Mass: Kyrie

Whatever one's personal opinions regarding religion, it can't be denied that the Christian church has given to western civilisation some...

Moonlight Sonata

There are some pieces of music which are so popular that we can all too easily forget the reasons for their popularity, or the reasons...

Mozart's Clarinet Quintet

The clarinet is an instrument which is so universally known these days, it’s hard to imagine a time without it. Yet in western art music,...

O Magnum Mysterium

Today I'm going to share with you some music from the Christian tradition which is mostly calm and meditative. It was written to...

Japanese Composers

Part One In 2011, feeling a bit jaded with the music I knew well, decided to go on a journey of discovery, with a view to sharing what I...

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