Classical Bites: Charles Ives, “The Unanswered Question”

Note: I plan to do these here on MG going forward. These are quick, and somewhat random, selections that I want to share to the wider audience. They’re obviously smaller, shorter, and more pointed than my longer articles on classical music, which you can see in previous posts. ‘Nuff said. To the music.   Today’s […]

Masculine Geek and Classical Music, Part 6: Periods and Key Figures. The 20th Century (1910-2000)

We now come to the final period in this cursory history.  If you thought that the 19th century was interesting (not to mention innovative), buckle your seatbelts. I mentioned in my last post that the 19th century faced some important trends that upended the older structures and forms not only of society, but also the […]

Masculine Geek and Classical Music, Part 5: Periods and Key Figures. The Romantic Period (1820-1910)

In my previous posts on both the Baroque and Classical periods, I didn’t spend that much time on them and the content might seem thin in parts.  Part of that is because, in my opinion, there’s not that much to say, at first face, about either period.  Oh, sure . . . in no way, […]

Masculine Geek and Classical Music, Part 4: Periods and Key Figures. The Classical Period (1750-1820)

Last time, we looked at the Baroque period.  J. S. Bach and G. F. Handel are the two giants of the period, but, like other periods in the history of classical music, there were many other composers of copious talent and industry.  Sadly, they were forgotten over the years for a number of reasons, not […]

Masculine Geek and Classical Music, Part 3: Periods and Key Figures. The Baroque (1600-1750)

The history of classical music is quite old.  I said in my first post that what makes the genre “classical” – which, by the way, is a term that didn’t appear until the 19th century – is that it’s Western art music.  More formally, what makes it classical, Western, and art-y was that, beginning in […]

The Masculine Geek and Classical Music, Part 2: Form-ation

In my first post, I briefly mentioned that forms are important to classical music.  Not only so that you won’t look like a doofus by referring to every piece as a “song,” but, as you go down the path of becoming literate in classical music, you can identify what is what and why that particular […]