Think back to a time you visited a museum. What was the most interesting piece you saw, and what made it memorable for you?
I recently toured the St. Jerome Monastery in Lisbon, Portugal which is no longer an active, but serves as a UNESCO world heritage site. The cathedral boasts a cloister in the middle of the grounds that allowed for the monks to be able to spend time in nature without leaving the monastery. I was mesmerized by the seagulls that flew above in the open sky, serving as a bridge for the quiet, peaceful garden and the reality of the bustle of the neighboring sea.
What is the purpose of a Neapolitan chord?
The Neapolitan, or lowered II chord, is often used to prepare for the dominant. It can be used to replace predominant chords such as the IV or the ii chord.
How have technological advances in instrument design and construction impacted the composition of modern classical music?
The development of the modern bow and the pianoforte have allowed for the utilization of dynamics in composition. The ability to sustain sound through bow changes, and also through the use of pedal on piano, have created the ability to produce consistent sound.