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Musical Pieces/Forms

There are many different types of musical compositions. You don’t have to know them or be able to identify them in order to enjoy classical music. In the same way you don’t need to know any of the technical details of a pop song to be able to enjoy it. However, knowing what types there … Continue reading Musical Pieces/Forms

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Types of Ensembles

There are many different types of groups in classical music. You can browse through them here and see what kind of pieces they’re likely to play. **The Classical Novice is a work in progress, if you have anything to add, disagree with anything here or have suggestions we would love to hear from you on … Continue reading Types of Ensembles

cellos and violins


This section is currently a work in progress. In the meantime, the Philharmonia in London has a great website with information on instruments.