Henry Purcell
Famous Composers: Henry Purcell

The sixteenth century was extraordinarily productive of composers, among them such important figures as Palestrina and Monteverdi from Italy, Heinrich Schütz from Saxony, Orlande de Lassus from Flanders, Tomas Luis de Victoria from Spain and a crowd of Englishmen. By sad contrast the only composer of real historical significance born during the first half of the seventeenth was Jean Baptiste Lully (1632-87, Italian by birth and French by naturalization) whose ballets and operas earned him fame and favour at the court of King Louis XIV, established major/minor tonality on a sound basis, and helped to bridge the chronological gap between the death of Monteverdi in 1643 and the advent to maturity of Henry Purcell and Alessandro Scarlatti some forty years later.

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Bach To The Future: Computer Generated Musical Compositions
Bach To The Future: Computer Generated Musical Compositions

“A good composer does not imitate; he steals” - a phrase attributed to composer Igor Stravinsky and the age-old retort of all imitators and plagiarists of art.

But the idea of imitation of goes far beyond the realm of merely art – it surrounds the world around us. Mother Nature, for example, is the most capable imitator and we see the same successful patterns of natural selection reproduced in living beings separated by millions of years of evolution.

In the same way, the great composers we know and listen to today, continue to be celebrated because of their ability to compose music that is aesthetically pleasing to a great many people. Bach, Mozart, Beethoven et al, are of course still renowned because the genius of their music endures. Celebrated musical works lives on, the rest fade into the distance of the past and obscurity.

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The Mozart Effect
Does ‘The Mozart Effect’ really boost your brainpower?

Listening to Mozart can give your brainpower a boost, according to a study conducted by Sapienza University of Rome.

In a series of controlled group experiments, listeners of the classical composer's music showed an increase in the construction of alpha waves in the brain, which are conducive in promoting positive learning ability and are linked to memory, understanding and problem solving.

Interesting however, no such performance increases were found when the group listened to classical music by Beethoven, suggesting Mozart's music has a specific effect on our minds.

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Classical Music Christmas
The Spirit of Christmas 2016

Starting this Christmas Eve, we have a wonderfully festive schedule of classical music to get you into the spirit of Christmas.

On both 24th and 25th December sonatica classical radio online will be bringing you an extravaganza of festive song, filled with the joys of Christmas.

Tune-in then and enjoy a selection of glorious seasonal music with favourite carols, accompanied by organ and brass. 

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Welcome to the sonatica.fm Blog

It is with great pleasure that we announce the sonatica™ classical radio online blog and its debut performance post. With the musicians in their places and the auditorium's lights now dimmed, the conductor has taken the podium and is ready to begin!

Since we launched, our classical music listen live player at sonatica, we felt it would be an excellent idea to offer our listeners some light intellectual nourishment on classical music, classical life and more.

So why not join us for the experience and take a look at the few initial posts we've prepared for the opening? Just remember to tune-in to our live stream for the full sonatica experience! We'll be back with more posts soon...

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