What is sonata form? [Explained]

Sonata form, also called sonata-allegro form or first movement form, is a structure for a movement of music that was commonly used during the Classical period (roughly, the 18th and early 19th centuries) and is still widely used today. It was often used for the first (and sometimes the last) movement of multi-movement works, such …

What are the differences between a symphony and a symphonic poem? [Explained]

A symphony and a symphonic poem are both significant forms of orchestral music that have contributed greatly to the development of Western classical music. While they share the commonality of being performed by orchestras, these two forms possess distinct characteristics and purposes. A symphony, originating from the Classical period, is often constructed with a specific, …

Applauding, or not, that’s the question

You are in a classical music concert, listening to a concerto or a symphony. When a movement ends, the orchestra makes a small pause, and bingo! you hear somebody clapping their hands – in a fraction of a second, they realize their mistakes, but it is too late. Everybody in the hall including musicians did …