Music Theory

What’s the Relationship Among the Movements in a Symphony?

What’s the Relationship Among the Movements in a Symphony?

In this Chapman Challenge, Alan discusses the harmonic and melodic relationships among the movements of a symphony, using Beethoven's Fifth Symphony as an example.

Chapman Challenge
04/01/2019
Chapman Challenge: How Does a Composer Pick the Key for a Piece?

Chapman Challenge: How Does a Composer Pick the Key for a Piece?

In this Chapman Challenge, Alan discusses how composers choose keys for their pieces, considering factors like instrument range, personal preference, and connections to previous works.

Chapman Challenge
04/01/2019
Chapman Challenge: Do Composers Write for Each Instrument?

Chapman Challenge: Do Composers Write for Each Instrument?

Explore the process of symphony composition in this Chapman Challenge. Learn how composers craft each note for every instrument, and the role of orchestrators in Broadway and film music.

Chapman Challenge
04/01/2019
Chapman Challenge: What Is a Rondo?

Chapman Challenge: What Is a Rondo?

Explore the rondo, a popular musical form often used in concertos and symphonies, known for its recurring refrain and contrasting sections. Learn how composers play with its structure for listener enjoyment.

Chapman Challenge
04/01/2019
Chapman Challenge: What Is a Chaconne?

Chapman Challenge: What Is a Chaconne?

In this Chapman Challenge, Alan Chapman explains the chaconne, a Baroque musical form built on a repeated series of chords, using Henry Purcell's work as an example.

Chapman Challenge
04/01/2019
Chapman Challenge: What is a Sonata?

Chapman Challenge: What is a Sonata?

In this Chapman Challenge, Alan Chapman explains the origin and evolution of the term 'sonata' in music, from its Italian roots to its use in the Classical and Baroque periods.

Chapman Challenge
04/01/2019