The Pioneering:

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) was a pioneer of Western classical music. Though many see his music as primitive, considering the slew of artistic and political restrictions placed on musicians during his day it was actually extremely innovative. It is true that many draconian rules of harmony and composition were developed based on Bach’s works. However,

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The Innocent:

One of the most obvious trends in the evolution of classical music (and perhaps the entire history of music in general) was the movement from the complex to the simple, from the courtly to the everyday. Perhaps nowhere was such progression more conspicuous than in opera. As a form of musical theatre, opera is like

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The Graceful:

One of the most graceful musical forms to ever exist in the history of music is the music of the Gypsies. 19th century Romantic composers were greatly fascinated by it. But what is it about Gypsy music that makes it so graceful? Perhaps it is a reflection of their wandering and carefree lifestyle. Minimally constrained

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The Ceaseless:

Both the cardiovascular and musculoskeletal systems seem to revolve around the essence of motion. The heart never ceases to beat, and our muscles and bones are always occupied with some kind of movement, no matter how minor. Indeed, for the most part we live our lives without even noticing such constant involvement of these two

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Microcosm #2 – Revolution

In this post, a revolution is underway in a dark, dystopian state. But will you root for the underdog, despite being who you are? In any revolution, it is the idea that matters. Not the one with the idea, but the idea itself. Our idea has been changing, passed down from generation to generation, accumulating

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