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November 20th, 2006
RoyaltyFreeMusic.com offers selections of royalty free music that run the gamut of styles and genres, from classical and jazz to New Age, rock and experimental styles such as techno and Hip Hop. Film and television professionals regularly choose to use the original selections of background music and production music within the extensive music library because they offer a flexible alternative to purchasing more expensive music from major music providers by requiring professionals to pay just one low fee to permanently add beautifully crafted pieces of royalty free music to their own collections.
Part of this comprehensive royalty free music library is a large set of classical music pieces from important composers, including Mozart, Grieg, Liszt, Chopin, Vivaldi, Schubert, Bach and many others that can be incorporated as classy background music and production music as part of the soundtrack of any film or television soundtrack. The royalty free music provided as part of the classical music collection from RoyaltyFreeMusic.com features fully-orchestrated interpretations of beloved works with traditional, vivid instrumentation that includes stringed instruments, such as violin, viola, cello and harp along with woodwinds, such as oboe and flute and brass - trumpet, tuba and others. The pieces are all performed by celebrated musicians and artists, and professionals across industries have chosen to incorporate them into their various artistic endeavors as part of background music and production music landscapes.
Many filmmakers and television producers and directors not well versed in the world of classical music may find the process of choosing the right royalty free music selections from the large library challenging. Taking a brief look at some characteristics of different types of classical music and the works of major classical music composers can help professionals choose the appropriate selections to fit with film and television programs in many different styles.
Classical music is a term that, by true definition denotes music that was composed between the Baroque and Romantic periods of music, but is often expanded to include those periods and also describe instrumental orchestral music. Classical music emphasizes the grace and beauty of melody and form and is thus often used as production music and background music in film and television during scenes that need an elegant, dramatic, and polished accompaniment. Many producers and directors use classical music to emphasize the setting of period pieces or to add distinction and a rich and reminiscent quality to a project set in modern times. The right classical music can stress dramatic moments and contrast by providing very specific rhythms and dynamics.
Classical music can be played by small ensembles, such as solo piano, guitar or solo violin or cello accompanied by piano, string quartets, string quintets or other ensembles that play what is called chamber music. Many classical music composers created beautiful works of chamber music, and depending on the time period during which they were living and working, the small ensemble music can range from controlled and very stately, like the music of Vivaldi and Bach to more dramatic, emotive and richly textured chamber music such as that composed by Beethoven and Liszt. This classical music is readily available as part of the royalty free music in the RoyaltyFreeMusic.com catalogue and can be downloaded by film and television professionals looking to specifically add smaller ensemble music emphasis to simple or dramatic scenes in their works.
Perhaps the most well-known melodies in the classical music world are those performed by large string and full symphony orchestras. The royalty free music within the library features many fully-orchestrated classical music works as high quality as that heard in major symphony halls throughout the world, with important pieces by composers that lived in time periods ranging from the 18th century to modern times. The expertly-designed, recognizable melodies and harmonies of major orchestral works by Mozart, Grieg, Hummel, Tchaikovsky and others are expressed by violins, cellos, violas, tympani, brass, woodwinds and all major players in the orchestra to create classical music selections that are beautiful and unique while still evoking very specific memories for classical music lovers.
A good general guideline for choosing classical music composers' works as background music and production music is to look at the general characteristics of the general periods of classical music and use a form that fits well with the style of the film or television endeavor. The works of Baroque classical music composers such as Vivaldi feature more sparse musical landscapes that are perfect as an accompaniment to very classic scenes. Themes from Vivaldi's popular tone poem The Four Seasons, for example can be used as part of specific period pieces or elegant, simple moments in film. For professionals looking for delicate and controlled pieces of chamber music, the works, most particularly the chamber music works of Mozart and Haydn are well-suited. While slightly more obviously emotionally driven than Vivaldi's music, these pieces are still less bold and dramatic than the work of romantic composers such as Tchaikovsky and Beethoven. Pieces of classical music by these composers is ideal for capturing the spirit of grand, dramatic and intensely emotional scenes in film and television.
RoyaltyFreeMusic.com also present classical music album reviews that describe the pieces of royalty free music in detail to help professionals choose the appropriate tracks as production music and background music. The detailed music search feature also offers the opportunity to narrow down focus and search for specific musical qualities for those that already have a clear grasp on the style of their films or television projects and what general categories of classical music might work best as background music.