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Introduction of Neoclassical Music

Neoclassical music is a style of classical music that is characterized by its use of traditional forms and styles, as well as a focus on structure and balance. It is often seen as a reaction against the romantic style of music, which was characterized by emotion and passion, and was influenced by the ideas of the Enlightenment, which valued reason and classical learning.

Some of the key features of neoclassical music include the use of traditional forms such as sonata form, the use of clear and concise melodies, and the incorporation of elements of folk music and popular music. Neoclassical music also often featured a return to tonality, which is the use of a specific key or tonal center in a piece of music.

The neoclassical style has had a lasting influence on classical music, and it continues to be an important part of the classical repertoire

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Recent Neoclassical Interviews

  • Federico Ferrandina interview on Nagamag Music Magazine

Federico Ferrandina Interview on Nagamag

December 17th, 2022|Tags: , , , , , , |

Federico Ferrandina
Interview

Nagamag:
Which are the genres that describe your music style better?

Federico Ferrandina:
Neoclassical, Electronic, Experimental. I call my own genre Hyperclassical, which is a blend of classical tradition, XXth century music and contemporary sound design elements and techniques

Nagamag:
Few words about your musical background and career?

Federico Ferrandina:
I was born in a family of classical musicians, that heritage seemed destined to pair my hunger for diverse musical galaxies with non-musical disciplines like literature, modern dance and sociology. This wide constellation shaped my unique and yet multi-layered grammar of sound, where classical instruments are surrounded by a contemporary arsenal of synthesizers, drones and drum machines with the light touch of contrapuntal writing and tridimensional harmonies. I teamed up with artists of all kinds (world music stars Yasmin Levy and Omar Faruk Tekbilek, pop artist Michele Bravi, rock collective Playing For Change, jazz big bands, Grammy winner producers, choreographers and filmmakers). My production gained attention in the entertainment industry, and many of my works are currently part of some of the major movies and tv shows soundtracks, such as the multi-Oscar winner Dallas Buyers Club or renown tv show The Big Bang Theory.

Nagamag:
Do you remember your first connection of love to music that was the right impact to be a music artist now?

Federico Ferrandina:
Even if I was already able to play some piano music, when I was 10 years old I listened for the first time to Yesterday by the Beatles, and that was the deepest feeling I ever experienced in my life, it really touched me. That’s when I understood how a musical emotion could change you.

Nagamag:
What are you currently working on?

Federico Ferrandina:
Some film music: an American mystery/fantasy drama and a Canadian animation movie. I’m also preparing some music for 2023 to complete my Hypermetropia project, Defence will be part of an album with that title.

Nagamag:
Many artists listen to genres that they are not producing music for. Which track is your favorite that is NOT similar to yours?

Federico Ferrandina:
070 Shake Body

Nagamag:
Of Course Nagamag would love to listen also which is the track from a similar artist you admire?

Federico Ferrandina:
Deru The Way Through The Forest

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Federico Ferrandina on Spotify

Federico Ferrandina’s Signature Track

Federico Ferrandina on Social Media

Facebook: @federicoferrandinamusic – facebook.com/federicoferrandinamusic

Instagram: @federicoferrandina – instagram.com/federicoferrandina

Federico Ferrandina’s Website: www.federicoferrandina.com/

  • Gifts From Crows interview on Nagamag Music Magazine

Gifts From Crows Interview on Nagamag

February 5th, 2022|Tags: , , , , , |

Gifts From Crows Interview on Nagamag

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Nagamag:
Which are the genres that describe your music style better?

Gifts From Crows:
I like to think of my music as classical music for a post-rock audience. Neoclassical is probably the best genre though as it includes a lot of artists, like me, that use classical instrumentation but are not quite classical in the true sense of the word. Neoclassical is a broad church and easily encompasses artists that weave electronics in with the more traditional orchestral instruments.


Nagamag:
Few words about your musical background and career?

Gifts From Crows:
Since I was a teenager I have been passionate about composing and performing music and have been involved in many post-rock / electronic bands and studio projects. Whilst I played guitar and synth during those years, my first love was always the piano and Gifts From Crows really feels like coming home.
Writing orchestral arrangements is a relatively new undertaking for me but one that feels very natural and intuitive. Hearing my music performed by the Northern Film Orchestra for the first time was an incredible experience and I have carried the learnings from that into the new album, 'Stories in Slow Light' which features a lot of live performance mixed in with the samples and the piano.


Nagamag:
Do you remember your first connection of love to music that was the right impact to be a music artist now?

Gifts From Crows:
I grew up near and went to school in Macclesfield in the north of England - home to one of the greatest bands of the post-punk era - Joy Division. I can still remember taking home their album, 'Closer' and playing it for the first time. I had shivers running down my spine listening to that music and it still affects me the same way today. That was when I truly understood how powerful music could be and also when I realised that I wanted to try and produce something that gave other people the same feeling. Whilst you never feel that you even get close to those levels, there is always the hope that the next piece of music will be transformational.


Nagamag:
What was the inspiration for the new album, Stories in Slow Light

Gifts From Crows:
Each piece was inspired by a different photograph by artist Helena Whitten. I found that by sitting at the piano with one of Helena’s photos placed where the sheet music would normally rest, I could literally write music to accompany the scene in front of me, as if the score were hidden inside the image.
I find Helena’s photos incredibly emotive. They are simultaneously timeless but also contemporary and speak to so many of the challenges that humanity is facing today – the fragility of the planet, the transience of life, loneliness and mental health. It is all there and these are also the themes that I explore in my music.


Nagamag:
How did the video for The Empty Mirror come about?

Gifts From Crows:
The song was inspired by a photograph taken by Helena Whitten at Poltimore House in Devon which depicts a solitary figure in front of an oval frame where a mirror used to be.
The track evokes the memory of our ancestors and imagines all the living souls who have passed in front of the now long gone mirror. The protagonist appears to be channelling these spirits out of the ancient walls of the house, at times contorted by the energy flowing through her and then flowing with serenity.

The video for was shot on location at Poltimore House but this time dancer and choreographer Kristine Berget reprises Helena’s role from the photograph and we follow her as she moves around the rooms and hallways of the crumbling mansion.

We worked with Kristine before on the video for 'Without Beauty' and so I knew her choreography was good but her performance on The Empty Mirror was extraordinary and the film directed by Corey Rid really brings the whole work to life.


Nagamag:
Many artists listen to genres that they are not producing music for. Which track is your favorite that is NOT similar to yours?

Gifts From Crows:
Joy Division "Love Will Tear Us Apart"


Nagamag:
Of Course Nagamag would love to listen also which is the track from a similar artist you admire?

Gifts From Crows:
Wim Mertens "Struggle For Pleasure"

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Gifts From Crows on Spotify

Gifts From Crows' Signature Track

Gifts From Crows on Social Media

Gifts From Crows' Website

Neoclassical Features

  • Colin Stetson - Nature Is Timeless, Neoclassical music genre, Nagamag Magazine

Colin Stetson – Nature Is Timeless

November 19th, 2022|Tags: , , , , , , , |

“Beautifully layered and cinematic themed melodies. Love how the edits and the arrangement highlights the moments just right with a perfect transitions. Fading strings, in and out are just pure bliss, specially the pizzicato strings. ”

-Nagamag.com

Track Sources:
Spotify: open.spotify.com/track/3m7Lq24EfeviUmmV19vuyZ
Youtube: www.youtube.com/watch?v=t-Gibq2PRfw

Artist’s Socials:
Instagram: www.instagram.com/colinstetson/
Twitter: twitter.com/colin_stetson

  • Astyria - Darkness Inside, Neoclassical music genre, Nagamag Magazine

Astyria – Darkness Inside

November 19th, 2022|Tags: , , , |

“One of the most beautiful songs I’ve heard in a while. Love the darker mood and melancholic atmosphere it have. With perfect vocals and an amazing music in the background, this song is definitely stay in my mind for a long time. ”

-Nagamag.com

This song released by: Position Music

Track Sources:
Spotify: open.spotify.com/track/1Hgc4l8Y3NpgSrBhQVZcTk
Youtube: www.youtube.com/watch?v=vJoSa2FBR5o
Apple Music: music.apple.com/us/album/darkness-inside/1503590950?i=1503590967
Deezer: www.deezer.com/track/1855627717

Latest Neoclassical discoveries

  • Edoardo Gastaldi - Quadrifogli, Neoclassical music genre, Nagamag Magazine

Edoardo Gastaldi – Quadrifogli

February 4th, 2023|Tags: , , , , |

Όσα κι αν έχουν συμβεί στη ζωή ,ευχάριστα και θλιβερά πάντα έρχεται κάτι νέο για να σε εκπλήξει. Μια υπέροχη μελωδία σαν κι αυτή βρίσκεται πάντα δίπλα σου και... >>> Read more & listen to this song on Nagamag #solopiano #neo #modernclassical #nagamag #musicmagazine IG: @edoardo_gastaldi TW: @GastaldiEdoardo

  • Eamonn Watt - Marigold Girl, Neoclassical music genre, Nagamag Magazine

Eamonn Watt – Marigold Girl

February 3rd, 2023|Tags: , , |

Когда сердцу нужен душевный покой, когда солнце топит сгустившиеся тучи своими обжигающими лучами, а птицы поют свои серенады за окном, то в такие удивительные... >>> Read more & listen to this song on Nagamag #solopiano #nagamag #musicmagazine

  • Andrea Sertori - Among Friends, Neoclassical music genre, Nagamag Magazine

Andrea Sertori – Among Friends

February 3rd, 2023|Tags: , , , , |

Η υπέροχη ρομαντική μελωδία σε αγκαλιάζει ζεστά και απαλύνει τα τραύματα σου. Σε βάζει σε στρώματα απαλά και σκουπίζει τα δάκρυα σου. Σαν ήχος από παλιό παιδικ... >>> Read more & listen to this song on Nagamag #solopiano #neo #modernclassical #nagamag #musicmagazine IG: @andrea.sertori

  • Erik Hall - Canto Ostinato (Sections 74-87), Neoclassical music genre, Nagamag Magazine

Erik Hall – Canto Ostinato (Sections 74-87)

February 2nd, 2023|Tags: , , , , |

Нечто невероятное вас ожидает в этой композиции в жанре Modern Classical, которая вместе с очаровательной мелодией и гармонией утреннего рассвета приходит в ва... >>> Read more & listen to this song on Nagamag #solopiano #neo #modernclassical #nagamag #musicmagazine

  • Ola Jacobsen - Peace, Neoclassical music genre, Nagamag Magazine

Ola Jacobsen – Peace

February 2nd, 2023|Tags: , , , , |

Если бы мы жиле в мире, который наполнен спокойствием, светом и журчанием ручьёв, то в нём непременно звучала бы такая музыка, как в новой неоклассической комп... >>> Read more & listen to this song on Nagamag #solopiano #neo #modernclassical #nagamag #musicmagazine

  • Fire Haste Music - You See Us Now, Neoclassical music genre, Nagamag Magazine

Fire Haste Music – You See Us Now

February 1st, 2023|Tags: , , , |

Ένα αίσθημα τρόμου με περιβάλει και τρέχω να κρυφτώ μακριά. Η μελωδία σαν να με καταπλακώνει μου δείχνει τον κίνδυνο και πρέπει να βρω τη δύναμη να αντισταθώ κ... >>> Read more & listen to this song on Nagamag #cinematic #epicmusic #nagamag #musicmagazine IG: @fire_haste_music

Difference between Classical and Neoclassical Music

Classical music refers to a broad range of music written in the classical tradition, which encompasses a wide range of styles and forms. It is generally characterized by its formal structure and its use of traditional instruments and ensemble configurations.

Neoclassicism is a style of music that refers to the revival and use of classical forms and styles in music, particularly in the 18th and early 19th centuries. It is characterized by its use of clear, concise forms and a focus on structure and balance. Neoclassicism was a reaction against the romantic style of music, which was characterized by emotion and passion, and was influenced by the ideas of the Enlightenment, which valued reason and classical learning.

Some of the key differences between classical and neoclassical music include:

Time period: Classical music refers to music written during the classical period (1730-1820), while neoclassicism refers to music written after the classical period that incorporates elements of classical forms and styles.

Emphasis on structure: Classical music is known for its formal structure and the use of traditional forms such as the sonata and the symphony. Neoclassical music also places a strong emphasis on structure, but may also incorporate elements of popular music and folk music.

Emphasis on emotion: Classical music is often more reserved and formal in its emotional expression, while neoclassicism tends to be more emotional and expressive.

Use of tonality: Both classical and neoclassical music use tonality, but neoclassicism often incorporates a wider range of tonal structures and may experiment with atonality.

Use of traditional instruments: Both classical and neoclassical music use traditional classical instruments such as strings, woodwinds, brass, and percussion. However, neoclassicism may also incorporate elements of popular music and folk music, and may use a wider range of instruments.

Overall, the main difference between classical and neoclassical music is the time period in which the music was written, and the specific techniques and styles used by the composer. Classical music is generally more formal and reserved in its expression, while neoclassicism tends to be more expressive and may incorporate elements of popular music and folk music.

The most used instruments in Neoclassical Music

In neoclassical music, the most common instruments used are those found in the classical orchestra, including:

Strings: Violin, viola, cello, double bass

Woodwinds: Flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon

Brass: Trumpet, French horn, trombone, tuba

Percussion: Timpani, snare drum, bass drum, cymbals, xylophone, marimba, triangle

Keyboard: Piano, harpsichord

These instruments are often used to create a wide range of textures and sounds, and are featured in many different types of classical music, including neoclassical music. In addition to these instruments, many composers also incorporate elements of popular music and folk music into their compositions, and may use a variety of other instruments such as guitars, bass, drums, and synthesizers.

It’s also worth noting that many composers and performers of neoclassical music are skilled in a variety of different instruments, and may switch between different instruments in order to achieve the desired sound and texture.

Vocals are sometimes used in neoclassical music, although they are not as common as instrumental music. When vocals are used in neoclassical music, they are typically performed by trained classical singers who have the ability to sing with precise pitch and control.

One common use of vocals in neoclassical music is in operatic compositions, where singers perform arias and recitatives in a style that is similar to traditional opera. Neoclassical opera is a subgenre of classical music that combines elements of traditional opera with elements of neoclassicism, and often incorporates elements of popular music and folk music.

In addition to operatic vocals, vocals may also be used in other forms of neoclassical music, such as choral music or vocal chamber music. Some composers may also incorporate elements of popular music or folk music into their compositions, and may use vocals in a more modern or experimental style.

It’s worth noting that the use of vocals in neoclassical music is highly dependent on the individual composer and the specific piece of music, and not all neoclassical compositions will feature vocals.