There’s something to be said about a musician with a creative edge. We’ve all seen or heard those musicians play. The perfect display of mastery. You can reach a point where you’ve practiced a piece so much that it’s memorized, the notes are there, the rhythm is spot on, but the piece lacks emotion. There are a number of smaller details and advanced techniques to perfect any musical piece. They may seem minor, things like posture or how you approach and leave each note. These are the finishing touches. These are the things that separate the experts from the rest. It’s said that you can master something if you spend 10,000 hours doing it. Well, one way to get that edge is to practice, yes, but also to think about attending a masterclass. Keep in mind, masterclasses are more commonly for those musicians who have put in their practice time honing their craft on their instrument and are looking to perfect the elements within their music.
Period instruments are instruments that have been made to the specifications of their original predecessors, so that, music performed from historic time periods will sound like it did when it was originally composed. They are also the original instruments themselves. The groups of instruments we have today mainly fall under the following categories: brass, string, woodwind, and percussion. Cosmetically the instruments in these group have changed since their predecessors were being played. This is due to people wanting to improve the durability and longevity of their instruments and also to make them more accurate in playability.
Postmodernism in music follows closely to its defining characteristics of the music itself rather than being a genre. It’s a defining period where a variety of innovative music developed. In terms of when it started, there are several answers.
Contemporary music, as a broad whole, can mean one thing and a many of things at once. By definition it means existing, occurring, or living at the same time; belonging to the same time. It, in and of itself, is a musical genre, but within it are multiple elements of different style of music. It encompasses terms such as modernist, postmodern, neo-romantic, and pluralist music. Contemporary music can use everything from tertian harmony to multiple extended harmonies; quartal or secundal, chords built on 4th’s or 2nd’s. It can use synthetic and electronic sounds and have complex rhythms. It’s best to think of contemporary music as this melting pot of genres; music of the modern day.