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Last reply by: Professor Hills
Wed Apr 10, 2013 11:36 PM

Post by Alyssa Larson on April 10, 2013

I believe the fortepiano is NOT the same as the modern piano. It is the closest ancestor to the modern piano, but it is a bit different.

Instrumentation & Orchestration

  • Different instruments dominated and came to existence throughout music history
  • Modern Day Symphony orchestra not formed until mid 19th-century
  • Instrumentation refers to tone, and what instruments sound like together
  • Voice dominated for most of music history
  • With addition of instruments into mix, sound and tone became major parameter of music

Instrumentation & Orchestration

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  • Intro 0:00
  • Why Discuss Instruments? 0:13
    • We've Assumed Things that Aren’t Actually True
    • We Can Use Our Ears to Determine History
    • Piano Was Invented in 1700
    • Modern Symphony Orchestra Was Described in 1844
    • Females Were Not Allowd to Sing in Mass Until 20th Century
    • The First Rock 'n' Roll Song Produced in 1953 - 'Rock Around the Clock'
  • Instruments 4:49
    • Middle Ages: Voice, Lute, Recorders
    • Renaissance: Violin, Guitar, Sackbut, Lyre, Hurdy Gurdy, More Flutes
  • Instruments Cont'd 6:29
    • Baroque: More Strings, Woodwinds (Oboe, Flute), Harpsichord, Organ, Horn
    • Classical: Fortepiano (Piano), Clarinet, Trombone, Bassoon
    • Romantic and 20th Century: Modern Day Instruments, Percussion
  • What is in a Symphony Orchestra? 9:24
    • Woodwinds
    • Brass
    • Percussion
    • Keyboards
    • Strings
  • Review 12:23
    • There Has Been Major Instrument Development
    • Dominant Instruments: Voice, Strings, Keyboards, Recorders
    • What Time Period Could This Example Be From?