Art music is music composed with artistic intent and is not purely instrumental. The use of electronics and instruments by avant-garde composers is a common example of art music. Given its semantic difficulty, there have been relatively few aestheticians of music. In this article, we will discuss some examples of art music and explore some of the ways in which this genre has influenced modern music.
Art music is different from popular music in that it demands the attention of the listener. As such, it is an acquired taste. Art music is usually more complex than popular music. In fact, it has changed the way we think about music. Popular music is often catchy and easy to digest, whereas art music requires a more in-depth approach.
Art songs are typically composed in an ABA form. They usually consist of a series of verses. These sections are arranged in a cyclic structure, with each verse sung to a similar piece of music. The form is also common in folk song composition.
This lecture by Caryn Block, an accomplished flutist, explores Impressionism as an example of art music and will include both a lecture and a demonstration. The program is free, and attendees are encouraged to bring a lunch to share. Tickets are available at the Welcome Center, first-come-first-served. The program will also feature free coffee and cookies.
Impressionism uses a lot of harmony in its compositions, though chords were not used in the conventional sense. This allowed for the music to build tension and give direction. A great example of this type of music is “L’isle Joyeuse” by Claude Debussy. This piece depicts a journey to a mythical island, and is a great example of this technique in action.
Avant-garde composers used instruments and electronics in new ways
The end of World War II brought a new musical revolution based on radical ideas and new technologies. Pierre Schaeffer created a musique concrete laboratory, which pioneered the use of electronic instruments and recordings. Edgard Varese performed his Poeme electronique using 400 loudspeakers, and Karlheinz Stockhausen experimented with the voice and electronics. He also worked with sounds moving through space.
The term ‘avant-garde’ has multiple meanings and is difficult to define. The word originates from the French language, where it means “vanguard” or “fore-guard.” In military terminology, the term was used to describe a small troop of highly trained soldiers who explored territory ahead of the rest of the army and warned of dangers. Today, avant-garde artists produce groundbreaking ideas in visual arts, literature, and other fields.