How Architecture Helped Music Evolve – A Modern Perspective.

The design of a building can affect not just the emotions of those who live in it but also the way that music sounds. In fact, the design of a building can change the musical style and musical genre. 

This is mostly because we have become accustomed to using different notes to represent different emotions. From Beethoven’s work on various scales, how Temple was designe, to how bridges were built from different cultures, this article will explore how architecture has had an indirect effect on Reel Craze music.


Demographic Changes

One of the biggest demographic changes in music came from the Industrial Revolution and the urbanization that followed. Not only did this change how people live, but it also changed how they choose to listen to music.

The shift from rural and agricultural living to more urbanized areas was a huge demographic change for musicians. Along with this shift came changes in not just what people listened to but also how they listened and interacted with music. The Industrial Revolution created music as an important part of daily life. 

During the 18th century, classical composers were slowly beginning to incorporate popular songs into their work. This is where composers like Haydn moved away from using a strict two-voice structure and began using three or four voices instead, building off of the popularity of “The Nutcracker” by Tchaikovsky.


The Sound of Music

Music is a complex and unique way to communicate. The notes we use in music are use to express different emotions, moods, and feelings. These notes have a musical scale that has use for centuries. There are five so-called “musical scales” that are use in music: major, minor, chromatic, whole tone, and diminished. In addition to the musical scales, there are also twelve notes in an octave.

The design of a building can affect not just the emotions of those who live in it but also the way that music sounds. This is because architecture has had an indirect effect on how music sounds over time.

For example, let’s say we were to look at how different cultures have influenced architecture from different eras. The Chinese arts and culture developed in various dynasties from the Shang to the Ming period (1600-1700 BC). During this time many of the temples were built with bridges between them as they were meant to symbolically meet each other across a river or canal. 

One could argue that it was not until well after temples began using bridges as part of their design that classical European music became popularized when Bach wrote his work “The Well-Tempered Clavier.”


Beethoven’s Scales

The first reason that architecture affects music is because of Beethoven’s work on scales. Scales are key in music and are the building blocks for how music is structure, but they also seem to more special to certain architectural styles. The best example of this is how the design of a building can influence the Reelcraze musical style and musical genre. This is mostly because we have become accustomed to using different notes to represent different emotions.

Another example can see in Beethoven’s opus 130, which he wrote while living in Italy. In comparison to his previous work, this work was much bigger and was compose as a response to Italian architecture. While Beethoven was composing these pieces he would have been cognizant of not

just the sound but also the way that structures were built around him.


Architecture in Temple

The Temple of Aesclepius in Athens was important because of the way it was designe. The temple had a large central dome that was shape like a hemisphere. This is what gave the building its name, “Temple of the Earth.” It was also built around an open courtyard,

which allowed for natural light to enter through the roof and up through the dome.  As a result, this building had Greek marble floors and walls with red paint on them.

The elements that make this style of architecture so successful were reflect in subsequent designs that came after it. For example, white marble floors and walls with red paint became popular in churches in Venice during the Renaissance period.  Additionally, this style of architecture became popular for other buildings

such as concert halls, theaters, lecture halls, and meeting rooms throughout Europe during the same time period.


Bridges are Built.

A bridge is a crucial part of any city, so it’s no coincidence that the shapes of bridges can have an effect on a city’s music style.  The Gothic and Baroque architecture styles used to be popular in Europe, but they slowly gave way to the Classical design of the 19th century. 

This design in many ways resembles how bridges were built with arches and columns. In other words, the Medieval idea of building with different materials was replace by something more elegant and less bulky.

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