Interesting Stories & Facts About Classical Music Compositions

Read about interesting stories and facts about classical musical compositions that are extraordinary and unique in its own way.

John Cage’s ASLSP – The World’s Longest Piece Of Music Is LIVE And Will End In Year 2640

The most exciting thing about world’s longest musical piece is that you will have to wait till 2020 to hear the next musical note.

Domenico Scarlatti’s The Cat Fugue Is Inspired By A Cat Walk

The musical idea about the cat fugue came to Scarlatti’s mind only after his cat walked across his Harpsichord keyboard.

The name ‘Cat’s Fugue’ or ‘Cat Fugue’ was entitled during the 19th century. It was not originally named by the composer himself. The nickname was used during various concert programmes held in the 19th Century. However, it is still not clear – who gave the nickname to the musical piece.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Divertimento is considered “A Musical Joke”

It is believed that the piece is satirical in a way characterized by its harmonic and rhythmic unbalance. Mozart never revealed the intentions behind the musical joke.

However, few people believe that is was a parody music for incompetent music written by composers in those times.

Havergal Brian’s The ‘Gothic’ Symphony No. 1 Requires Over 800 Musicians To Perform

The composition is one of the longest symphonies ever written in western music history. The Gothic Symphony No 1  consists two part has the duration of around one and three-quarter hours.

The symphony requires around 600 musicians to play the sections including over 82 string players.

Now that’s a huge amount of manpower required to play the classic symphony.

Erik Satie’s Vexations Piano Piece Is One Of The Longest Piece Of Music

Vexations consist roughly 180 musical notes that should be played around 840 times repetitively.

There’s a small note in French for the musicians who would like to play the composition. It says:

The music sheet paper has following instructions.

In order to play the theme 840 times in succession, it would be advisable to prepare oneself beforehand, and in the deepest silence, by serious immobilities.

Beethoven’s Fur Elise And Immortal Beloved

Fur Elise, a three-minute bagatelle is one of the most popular music compositions ever written for the Piano.

Experts have a collection of letters written by Beethoven, that was undelivered having the subject – “To The Immortal Beloved”.

Elise – the mystery woman in Beethoven’s life, is still an unsolved mystery.

Franz Schubert “The Unfinished Symphony” Is Still A Musical Mystery

Franz Schubert’s Symphony No. 8 is the unfinished symphony having two movements and a sketch of the third movement.

Schubert never published the composition for public performances. Instead, he passed on the manuscripts to his close friend – Huttenbrenner.

Alexander Scriabin’s Music Influenced By Mysticism, Atonality, And Synesthesia

During 1903, Scriabin explored atonal music with chromatic and dissonant characteristics. However, it adhered to traditional functional tonality.

Atonality is defined as the music that lacks a tonal center, or key. The musical notes of the chromatic scale function independently of one another.

Scriabin explored and researched about the dissonant sounding atonal music that laid the foundation of the mysticism.

Listen to the atonal style expressed in Sonata No. 5 Op. 53 performed by Clare Hammond.

Arnold Schoenberg’s Twelve-Tone Music Made Him The Father Of Modern Music

During the 19th century, the world was enjoying the romantic compositions and much-celebrated work of classical composers.

However, Schoenberg developed a unique and unusual music composition technique. It is known as twelve-tone music compositions that laid the foundation of modern-day music.

He was the first modern composer to compose music without resorting to the dominance of a centralized melodic idea.

John Cage’s 4’33”  Explains Mindfulness With 4 Minutes & 33 Seconds Of Silence

4’33” By John Cage is a musical composition that asks the performers to wait for 4 minutes and 33 sec

4’33” doesn’t have any musical notes. The musicians have to remain silent for the entire duration.

Yves Klein’s Monotone Silence Symphony – 40 Minutes Of Endurance & Experience

Monotone Symphony is one of the experiential musical pieces that have just one tone or chord that’s played for 20 minutes followed by a silence of 20 minutes.

The idea of the monotone silence symphony was conceived to test the endurance of people who appreciate music.

Listening to the monotone silence symphony might be a great musical experience for music conductors, musicians and last but not the least the audience.

Thanks for reading my 99th article in the series 100-day music blogging challenge. Stay tuned for more informative articles.

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