Musical Undercurrents Are About to Surface. The following sequence attaches itself to musical styles:
- A style begins with the 1st generation.
- The 2nd generation literally buries the style of the 1st. It has a new concept for music.
- The 3rd generation of style buries the 2nd. It then resurrects the ideas from the 1st.
Here’s how it has worked in our western music history. Let’s begin with the Baroque Era:
- J.S, Bach culminated the Baroque Era of counterpoint. It transitioned to a simpler style around 1750.
- The Rococo era and early classical were the next musical trends. They used a melody and accompaniment approach. Simplicity was preferred.
- The Romantic Era came with Beethoven’s middle and later works. This was after 1800. Bach, counterpoint and complexity came back into vogue.
Baroque Musical Undercurrents Resurfaced Romantic Era
In music, the BACH motif is the motif, a succession of notes important or characteristic to a piece, B flat, A, C, B natural. In German musical nomenclature, in which the note B natural is written as H and the B flat as B, it forms Johann Sebastian Bach‘s family name. One of the most frequently occurring examples of a musical cryptogram, the motif has been used by countless composers, especially after the Bach Revival in the first half of the 19th century.
How Do the Musical Undercurrents Apply to Today?
Either rap, puck and rock and roll have have been in the forefront of popular music from Elvis in the 50’s to the present time. This is about 65 years. It has outlasted the earlier Rococo and early classical styles of European western music. Inevitably, music with strong melody, like in the 1930’s, will resurface as a main thrust. Rhythm, of course, always must be there, regardless of style. Our new musical, Golden Roads, is avant guard in this respect. Yes, it also has the element of counterpoint. I say, welcome to another return of the Romantic Era.
Musical Composition: Golden Roads: Interview with Composer David OhrensteinDso Works (Press to Listen to Interview)
Lyrics, story and song by Sharon Ohrenstein. Composer and pianist is David Ohrenstein