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  • I was trying to squeeze so much in to 10 minutes that I seem to have rather neglected the 20th Century :-0 I will have to remedy that my making another video JUST about the 20th Century I think!

  • Very interesting for someone like me that is starting to appreciate classical music more as I get older. I love hearing the examples as you speak , but sometimes they are much louder than your voice. This is the 1st video of yours that I've seen. I'm interested in the history of music, especially classical, so I've subscribed to your channel.

  • I think Beethoven actually deserves more acclaim, distinctly within Classical, Romantic, and the modern era (with the Great Fugue) as well.
    Otherwise I think you've nailed this.

  • Where is john Williams?

  • u missed rachmaninoff

  • I think that you could have mentioned the influence of French music during the Baroque and later and in particular Lully (while not the greatest of composers) and how aspects of his style influenced everybody from Bach to Beethoven. But a good effort!


  • Very nice! (Grieg, spelling)

  • What about yngwie malmsteen? Lol

  • Thank you!

  • What did I think? Well, you earned a sub and I wouldn't presume to tel you anything about classical music. Although, this does kind of prove a point of mine. The term classical music both refers to the classical period in between the baroque and romantic periods AND the entirety of it all. I've argued that in the past.

  • You missed out big on Bela Bartok and some other composers on the postmodernism era.

  • Please, 10 little extra seconds to mention Ravel, Bartok, Rachmaninoff !

  • Nothing to comment. Splendid.

  • Henry Purcell and Marin Marias are my two favorites not mentioned.

  • 11 mins to run through a millennium of music…
    yet rock would take a millennium to describe the 11 minutes of evolution into so many sub-genres.

  • greatly enjoyed your video.

  • I think you meant (Edvard) Grieg 😉
    The letters E and I, are in some languages spoken the other way around so „I“ is spoken more like the english „E“ – and vice versa with the letter „E“.

  • Guy-doh always thought Guido was pronounced Gwee-doh

  • You forgot Lully, Charpentier etc etc

  • Where are all the women?

  • Great knowledge, thanks.

  • The inspiration from the format of operas and the idea of a greek chorus that responds to the soloist or comments on the soloist lead to the ritornello form, not sonata form. Sonata form, while obviously very popular for use in classic era concerti, symphonies, and chamber instrumental works, does not refer to interaction between a soloist and the orchestra. In fact, originally the term "sonata" was just what all instrumental music was called to differentiate it from vocal works. Baroque era "sonatas" were normally just some variation of a binary form.

    Also, don't mean to be hyper-critical, that part was just a bit misleading. The rest of the video is good! I think focusing on actual discourse and historical content to enlighten viewers about how reactionary these musical eras were to one another would be good rather than focusing on composers (though I know there is a ton of stuff you wanted to put in). But I really like the idea for this, and I am sure it has helped many a classical music enthusiast! :]

  • Where’s Blueface?

  • A good overview, I thought. One thing, though: while you described the progression from plainchant to organum to polyphony, the shift during the Baroque from the horizontal character of medieval and Renaissance polyphony to the vertical character of what we know as modern harmony doesn't get a mention, and I think it really ought to be in there. Again, good overall, but there's that one thing which is kind of important.

  • The omission of Mahler and Bartok is worrisome
    Amazing video anyway!

  • Aaron Copeland?

  • You talk like Quorthon

  • I found this quite grounding though, I was expecting to see Elgar somewhere!

  • Very interesting – thank you. However, there's an error at 6:26. You said that Haydn wrote 104 symphonies, but this is incorrect. I know because I have listened to them all and I can assure you he wrote 4 symphonies 26 times (with variations).

  • I think Mahler should have been included. Whilst he was appreciated more as a conductor than composer in his own time, his legacy is unquestionable today. He, along with Wagner, has influenced film music more than any other composer, especially in terms of how he orchestrated his music (only Wagner, Berlioz and Ravel could compare). You can't include everyone, but even the BBC included him in their acclaimed 6-part series The Great Composers all those years ago. Otherwise, I enjoyed that very much.

  • Excellent but not too much mid 20th century

  • No picture of R. Strauss???? that's okay, I mean, what would you even say that could encompass his awesomeness with such a brief vid hahahah

  • Maurice Ravel should stand next to Debussy.

  • What? No Mendelssohn?
    This was an excellent video. The clips of music were blended so skillfully it was hard to catch the transition. Well done!

  • The reason that it was the church people who wrote things down, and not the commoners, was that the commoners were illiterate.

  • Quite a lot of important composers were missed, such as Mahler and Shostakovich.

  • What is the piece at 4:28 by Arcangelo Corelli called?

  • It's Habsburg(s) not Hapsburgs 😉

  • Amazing job for under 12 minutes. Yes, please do the 20th century. If you're going to plug Guido d'Arezzo to the detriment of Mahler, Shostakovich, Prokofiev, Rachmaninoff, Ravel, Britten, Vaughan Williams, etc., please learn how to pronounce the name. 😉

  • I really, really enjoyed this video 👍🏾

  • Grieg is misspelled as Greig

  • I feel like if there is some aspect you must really go in depth in when explaining the history of western classical music is the 20th century; not only because it is the most recent period but also because it is the vastest and most ambiguous one as far as different styles and artistic movements are concerned. I honestly think there is too much of a gap between Schoenberg and minimalism to be ignored; names like Messiaen that, regardless of liking their music or not, have redefined music as such and are important pillars of the genre among other genies such as Bach and Beethoven

  • Thank goodness you didn't mention the desultory meandering bruckner.

  • after schoenberg post modern era had begun and for ex, Mikael Akerfeldt

  • 9:35 "Greig" 😑😑😑

  • 2:29
    Umm that’s Antonio Lucio Vivaldi


  • You seem to imply that we owe our complex music to the Catholic Church. This could be offensive to the other religions like: eastern orthodox, Buddhism and pentacostals and Baptists, and oh ya: Jova witnesses. Maybe you should rewrite your narrative to make it less Catholic and more diverse.

  • You misspelled "Grieg".

  • Thank you very much great perfect video bro!

  • i understand that Rachmaninov was a bit of an anachronist, but I regret his being left out of this timeline.

  • Where does Arvo Pärt fit into this?

  • pretty great! You could also do a deeper dive for every major era.

  • What about Handel

  • You mention Lassus but not Ockeghem? 🙂

  • I think you missed out mentioning Rachmaninov and his return to romanticism during the "modern" era, heavily downplayed by his colleagues but now renown as a great influence in early more elaborate pop music and the return of timeless melodies and motifs well explored through his concertos and other pieces. A true revel of the time, not willing to commit to atonal or minimalistic movements.

  • I take issue with Vivaldi being the "greatest" composer of Concerti. What's that old joke about how he wrote the same concerto 700 times? Clearly not actually true, but still the point is well taken. Stranded on the poverbial desert Island I'd take the 6 Brandenburg concerti over all of the Vivaldi concerti combined for a lifetime of listening…but that's me.

  • 8:09 Photography is regrettably becoming mainstream

  • I thought it was a wonderful summary. One cannot possible list all the details of one thousand years of music, but this was a great attempt. In educating young students, one could use this and expand on each era.

  • I was kind of intrigued why you didn't mention all of the other movements within Renaissance composition, particularly all of the famous lutenists such as John Dowland, etc. Lute music was the most popular form of secular music for a long time. but I guess that isn't as relevant as Josquin Desprez to the history of classical music

  • Great condensed history lesson. You got a bit thin in the modern era though. Think about how much music has changed since the end of WW2.

    You forgot to mention John Cage. He really set the stage where just about anything could be listened to musically.

    Also Terry Reilly. He took the classical minimalist form and added an improvisational element to it. That’s why no 2 versions of In C are even close to being the same.

    There’s also numerous film composers who’ve taken classical music to a whole new level. It makes you wonder what Mozart would’ve been like as a film composers.

    Related to film scoring but a sub genre of its own is video game composers. Some video game scores are undeniably classical. With video games the game player often determines the direction the music will go just by playing the game. It’s a skill that not only requires musical ability but also programming the game engine.

    I’m curious to hear where it’s going next.

  • no Hindemith or Stockhausen? bitch pls

  • Gregorian chant is named in honor of pope Gregory because he nurtured singing and singing during the mass. He even financed singing school. So it's not random as you said it.

  • Gerswhin

  • Cool video. It's pronounced GOO-EE-DOW DAR-EH-TZOW, just so you know 😉

  • Great video. No Erik Satie!

  • Great video but no John Cage?

  • Nice! I love that Grieg got a shoutout!!! He’s known for Peer Gynt, but his Piano Concerto in A Minor, Op. 16: I is just… fantastic. It has such movement and ferocity and delicateness. It’s sweeping in a way very few pieces are to me. I may be biased, as my Dad would play it when I was a kid, it’d rumble off their baby grand and storm through the house. It felt… momentous and I loved it. I am rarely that impressed with other classical pieces and I feel as though I may have been spoiled, to have grown up with that piece.

  • you could never make a brief history of music and include all the important composers. So it was pretty good. But i was a bit surprised by some of the choices of examples,like Brahms 3rd mov from the 4th symphony?? teehee.

  • I enjoyed this immensely.

  • Great job ! That one really helped.
    an advice : check Aydın Esen he is livinn genius.He is trying to do something new but nobody heard bout him.

  • Either Varese, Ligeti or Stockhausen

  • Hildegard von Bingen!

  • No mention of John Cage? Tsk tsk…

  • What a beautifully articulated video! Given that there is so much to cover in such a short video time I think you did exceptionally well in explaining the ideologies of each movement, how the socio-economic factors effected the music and how the one movement transgressed into the next movement. Great video, I watched it twice everyday for a week!

  • Thankyou ! This will help me in class and it's also interesting, informative and creative! Thanks!

  • My boy chopin not getting enough love 🙁

  • Nice history of the musical great composers.

  • Keith Emerson is perhaps one of the greatest British composers ever

  • So, basically anybody who's not white and sings is appropriating white culture.

  • Where does erik satie fit into this timeline?

  • There was no mention of John Williams which is a real shame. In my opinion he's the king of neoromanticism. He'll go down in history as the greatest composer of the late 20th century.

  • I don't feel like he had a full Händel on the Baroque period.

  • Good , but too brief . Classical music deserves more time and notifications. Also not goin too fast ,like this i said again , great but brief video .

  • Richard Strauss definitely

  • To Leave out Haendel is very hard to understand!!! That should not be done- but beside that it is a fine lecture and shows how few years the classical music actually have had to develop….

  • Wheres my guy rachmaninoff !! Jk great video❤️

  • You forgot Johnny Cash.

  • Nov. 30, 1979
    May 26, 1967
    May 7, 1874
    Most important dates in music history.

  • Erik Satie created minimalism

  • What's the name of the Reich piece you sampled at the very end?

  • Hi. What's your take on Arvo Part?

  • A lot of people seemed to have missed the point of the video and are typically all of a sudden music history scholars!

  • Excellent synopsis! Naturally, I was dreading whether it would include post-WWII atonal "music" because, you know, I have functional ears. Thank you for not dwelling on that era.

  • go to hell bitch

  • What beethoven piece is 7:42 ?

  • Your voice drops out a number of times. Really hard to hear. Still liked the video though. Thanks!

  • An "over-the-top figure who wrote over-the-top pieces." Perfect.

  • Though it was a brief history, it seems you kind of gloss over instrumentation in the middle ages. You have galliards (early middle ages) and troubadours (high middle ages) very active during that time period. Instead of sampling like 3 chants you could have edited one line about instrumental arrangements and a few second sample of it since it's a unique classification for that time period.

  • You forgot Jacob Collier

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