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The ClassicOL guide to classical music.

At relevant places throughout the site will be found links to brief guides. For example, on the violin page is A brief guide to the violin.

The guides are not intended to be, nor do they claim to be, works of scholarly depth and insight. They are intended to be of general interest to anyone with an enthusiasm for or involvement with classical music. Each guide is intended to stand alone though accumulative reading of the individual guides will provide readers with an overall view of classical music as formed from the sum of its interrelated parts.

Links exist between individual pages but, should readers wish to be more structured in their reading, the following list of contents will provide instant access to their chosen guides.

Copyright © 2001 by ClassicOL.Com. This material may be distributed only subject to the terms and conditions set forth in the Open Publication License, vX.Y or later (the latest version is presently available at http://www.opencontent.org/openpub/). Distribution of the work or derivative of the work in any standard (paper) book form is prohibited unless prior permission is obtained from ClassicOL.Com.

Contents

Stringed Instruments
The String Family
Violin
Viola
Violoncello
Double Bass
Harp
Guitar

Early Stringed Instruments
Harp
Rebec
Fiddle
Citole
Cittern
Gittern
Lute
Viol
Hurdy Gurdy
Psaltery
Dulcimer

Woodwind Instruments
The Woodwind Family
Flute/Piccolo
Oboe/Cors Anglais
Clarinet
Bassoon
Saxophone

Early Woodwind Instruments
Bagpipes
Recorder
Gemshorn
Shawm
Rackett
Crumhorn
Chalumeau

Brass Instruments
The Brass Family
Trumpet
Horn
Trombone
Tuba

Early Brass Instruments
Cornett
Sackbut
Serpent
Ophicleide

Percussion
Percussion

Keyboard Instruments
The Keyboard Family
Pianoforte (including early history)
Organ (including early history)

Early Keyboard Instruments
Clavichord
Virginals
Spinet
Harpsichord

The Voice
Choral Music

Ensembles
Orchestra
Chamber Music
Wind Band
Brass Band
Choir

General
Composition
Conducting

Time Line
Time Line
Medieval
Renaissance
Baroque
Classical
Romantic
20th Century
Western History
Literary Figures
Chronology of composers

Aleatory
Anthem
Ars Nova
Atonal
Ballet
Canon
Cantata
Chanson
Chorale
Concerto
Concerto Grosso
Concert Overture
Continuo
Counterpoint
Expressionism
Fugue
Lied
Madrigal
Masque
Mass
Minnesinger
Monophony
Motet
Nationalism
Neo Classical
Opera
Oratorio
Organum
Plainchant
Polyphony
Requiem
Rondeau
Rondo
Sonata
Suite
Symphonic Poem
Symphony

Every endeavour has been made to ensure accuracy of content but notification of error or omission will be welcomed.

ClassicOL wishes to acknowledge the following books of reference that were consulted during research.

A History of Western Music - Fourth Edition. Grout & Palisca
An Outline History of European Music. Hurd
History of Music. Bennett
The Oxford Companion to Music. Scholes
New Penguin Dictionary of Music. Jacobs
The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Music. Kennedy
The Larousse Encyclopedia of Music.
Encyclopaedia Britannica.
Microsoft Encarta Encyclopedia 2000


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