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  • The first movement of Benjamin Britten's "Nocturne", set to Shelly's exquisite text from his Prometheus Unbound, carries the keys that unite and bring understanding the rest of the work, allowing the great denouement in the last movement to arrive with all its power.

    Benjamin Britten’s “Nocturne” Part 2 – “On a Poet’s Lips I Slept”

    The first movement of Benjamin Britten's "Nocturne", set to Shelly's exquisite text from his Prometheus Unbound, carries the keys that unite and bring understanding the rest of the work, allowing the great denouement in the last movement to arrive with all its power.

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  • An investigation into the meaning of Britten’s song cycle for tenor and chamber orchestra "Nocturne" from his use of key, tonality, chromaticism, rhythm, instrumentation and accompaniment figuration, and setting of poetry.

    Benjamin Britten’s “Nocturne” Part 1 – Introduction

    An investigation into the meaning of Britten’s song cycle for tenor and chamber orchestra "Nocturne" from his use of key, tonality, chromaticism, rhythm, instrumentation and accompaniment figuration, and setting of poetry.

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  • The instrument created through this partnership of altered nature and arduous nurture had a profound effect on voice training as well as a musical movement already craving for the spectacular. The unprecedented skill of the castrati demanded improvements in singing technique for all voice types. With the acceptance of the castrato voice, preferences of timbre also began to change so clear and strong voices were favored over soft and airy.

    The Castrati (Part 4): The Castrati Effect

    The instrument created through this partnership of altered nature and arduous nurture had a profound effect on voice training as well as a musical movement already craving for the spectacular. The unprecedented skill of the castrati demanded improvements in singing technique for all voice types. With the acceptance of the castrato voice, preferences of timbre also began to change so clear and strong voices were favored over soft and airy.

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  • Years of scientific studies are proving what many of us have known all along: Music education makes smarter, more successful students that grow up to be more productive adults.

    Studies Showing the Benefits of Music Education

    Years of scientific studies are proving what many of us have known all along: Music education makes smarter, more successful students that grow up to be more productive adults.

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  • Music education is vital in teaching our children the knowledge and abilities they need in order to be balanced and productive members of society. For its many tangible benefits, music should be maintained and promoted as an essential component of elementary and secondary education.

    The Importance of Music Education in Public Schools

    Music education is vital in teaching our children the knowledge and abilities they need in order to be balanced and productive members of society. For its many tangible benefits, music should be maintained and promoted as an essential component of elementary and secondary education.

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