A Research Oral On The Existence And Nature Of Chamber Music Before 1750.

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During my many hours of research for this task, I found some very helpful resources on the subject of chamber music. Most of these books and web sites were arranged very carefully and neatly in, mainly two different ways - in periods, classical, romantic and contemporary and by composer. I found this organization very helpful and convenient but what struck me was that when the resources were listed by period, they had always seemed to skip the baroque period and when they were listed by composer, they always seemed to skip composers before 1750. I wanted to know why there was such a giant gap at the beginning of such a large discipline as "chamber music". I then discovered that chamber music ensembles almost never choose works older than 1750. This raised a completely new set of questions.Is music earlier then 1750 unworthy of performance? Are the instruments that they were written for obsolete? Did chamber music exist before 1750? When did the music that we now refer to as 'Chamber-Music' begin - when did composers start writing for ensembles in a manner that we now call chamber music? Did the String Quartet simply appear out of no-where or are there ancestors of it?Firstly, what is chamber music anyway?Chamber music is music meant for a small room, using a small ensemble - usually consisting of less than 10 performers. According to modern conceptions, chamber music is instrumental music of an intimate, carefully balanced type, written for one or more instruments, one of which is usually a melodic instrument and each part is performed by only one player.Did chamber music exist before 1750?Essentially, chamber music began in the 16th century with vocal and instrumental madrigals, however today vocal music in any form is not considered chamber music.Throughout the vast Italian polyphonic literature of the sixteenth century, the prevalence of the inscription "for voices or instruments" is proof of a deeply rooted reluctance to segregate the vocal from the instrumental medium.Apart from the literature itself, composers did not give any instructions at all, as to how the piece should be played, no tempi markings, no indication of instrumentation and no dynamic markings. Music at this time was what you made it. Performers of ensemble music were at liberty to make their own choice, which no doubt depended in part, upon whether voices, instruments, or a mixture of the two was available. The composing didn't stop when the composer put down his pen when satisfied with the literature, it continued into the performance. Performers had the choice of how to play it, what to play it with, how many would play it, what would be included and excluded and the choice of dynamic and interpretation.Chamber music, in the way we know it today began to evolve when composers began to specify as to how they wanted their pieces played. Philippe de Monte wrote in the preface to his fifteenth book of five-part madrigals in 1542 that the works contained therein would also...

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