When Leaning Classical Royalty Free Music Makes Sense
In a previous blog we discussed the pros and cons to using familiar Classical music in your shows. But if you’re working with a client or producer who insists on Classical, you might need a quick primer on this genre. And just who are the ‘three B’s?’ They would be Bach, Beethoven and Brahms of course. And these great composers present a good starting point when discussing Classical music. In fact, let’s look at their music! But first, an overview.
Basically—in layman’s terms—there are orchestral classical pieces and smaller ensembles, typically a string quartet. These are then subdivided into styles like a minuet, gavotte, waltz, etc. Or they’re defined by mood or tempo. Larger orchestral works usually have Movements that breaks up a long piece in sections to present the music in a logical progression of development.
For example, Bach’s famed Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 (Super Themes, Vl. 13) was presented in three movements: Allegro Moderato, Adagio in E minor and Allegro. CSS Music present the 1rst movement that features the iconic “hook.” This piece, like the music of Handel and Vivaldi, is considered one of the great compositions of the Baroque Era, marked by its very symmetrical and traditional motion.
When you think of Beethoven, you probably think of his 5th Symphony. (Bum-bum-bum-bummmm!) Aside from his piano sonatas, much of Beethoven’s works were of a symphonic nature, like the aforementioned 5th and his very familiar 9th Symphony also known as Ode To Joy. Unless your client or producer specifies a particular piece, caution is advised using his popular pieces.
Our final all-star, Johannes Brahms was a 19th Century German composer who wrote for symphony orchestra, chamber ensembles, piano, organ and voice with chorus. His most famous piece, Brahm’s Lullaby, has been used in countless films when underscoring peaceful sleep, particularly with children.
CSS Music.com (music search) has devoted an entire category to Classical music and Opera on our Hand Picked Genre main menu-- we recommend using this link for your search. You’ll find just about every well-known classical theme as well as popular opera selections. We believe you’ll be able to satisfy that client or producer with exactly the right track!