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Max Bruch | A Minute with Miles
Max Bruch | A Minute with Miles

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Some great composers have been pioneers and musical radicals, and some have been fundamentally conservative. Max Bruch was a conservative to his bones, and it served him well. He established his...
Atonality vs Dissonance | A Minute with Miles
Atonality vs Dissonance | A Minute with Miles

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Atonality and dissonance are often linked in listeners’ minds, but they’re not the same thing. Dissonance, from the Latin words for “sounding” and “apart,” is the simultaneous sounding of two or more...
Atonal Music | A Minute with Miles
Atonal Music | A Minute with Miles

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Atonal music is music that isn’t written in a key, music that doesn’t follow the traditional rules of harmony. But although the term “atonal” tells us what a piece isn’t, it doesn’t tell us what it is...
Violin Family II | A Minute with Miles
Violin Family II | A Minute with Miles

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The members of the modern violin family are the violin, viola, cello, and double bass. These instruments are descendants of various kinds of medieval fiddles—fiddle, by the way, being an older word...
Rise of Violin | A Minute with Miles
Rise of Violin | A Minute with Miles

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Have you ever wondered how the violin came to play such an important role in the history of classical music? Well, it starts with singing. The invention of opera, in late 16th century Florence, marks...
Oboe | A Minute with Miles
Oboe | A Minute with Miles

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The modern oboe most likely originated in France in the 1600's. The word oboe, which is the instrument’s name in both English and Italian, comes from the French name, hautbois, meaning “high wood,” or...
Women's Voices | A Minute with Miles
Women's Voices | A Minute with Miles

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In operatic singing, there are three principal voice types for women. From high to low, they are soprano, mezzo-soprano—mezzo meaning “middle” in Italian—and contralto. The ranges of these voices...
Vesta Mills | South Carolina Public Radio
Vesta Mills | South Carolina Public Radio

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“V” is for Vesta Mills of Charleston. In 1899, Spartanburg textile manufacturer John Montgomery and New York merchant Seth Milliken purchased the Charleston Cotton Mills and renamed it Vesta Mills...