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The Music of Spain

Written on October 3, 2016   By   in Editor's Taste

Virtually identical with the Andalusian- Gipsy genre known as flamenco, the music of Spain now extends to a whole lot of other styles. In its early history specifically in the initial years of the Christian era, there was a convergence of diverse cultural streams namely the Romans, Greeks, Germans, Jews and Arabs. The flair rose to ranks since it was entirely a different flavor from the rest of what transpired in Europe at that instance.

Notation in the music of Spain only flourished in the eight century. It was actually late since it was first popularized by the Ancient Greeks but
was again  revived in the sixth century by Isidore of Seville. He wrote a book about it wherein all the while, he was thinking that he was the brainchild of the melodic approach. It just showed that his research was not that extensive. However, he was still an innovator because he was the one who took account of the earliest information of the harmony composition in the Christian Church.

In the Renaissance period, it was the entry of the century polyphonic vocal flair in the music of Spain. Closely connected to the Franco- Flemish writers, the approach was all the more popularized when the country was involved with the Holy Roman Empire under the rule of Charles V. The creations by Luis de Narvaez, Alonso Mudarra and Luis de Milan were regarded as the greatest achievements at that epoch. At the same time, the first instructional manual for guitars by Gaspar Sanz was introduced.

When the 17th century was ending, Classicism in the music of Spain was waning. The tradition was inspired by the works of Italian Antonio Soler. There were also others from Italy such as Domencio Scarlatti and Luigi Boccherini that were employed in the court of Madrid because of their expertise. As for Romantic Sinofism, Juan Crisistomo Arriaga is the person responsible for initiating it in his place of origin.

Zarzuela is also another form that was established as a music of Spain. Defined as a native type of subtle theater, it is takes on a secular arrangement where the likes of Tomas Breton, Federico Chueca and Ruperto Chapi are the notable individuals who popularized the kind. Creativity moved on to folk and popular kinds extending until the nationalist renewal of the late Renaissance and Baroque period.

There is still actually a long list of history attached to Hispanic rhythms but even just reading the entirety will exhibit a notion of its richness. When we look at spain today, the music is till lively living on with technology such as sound mixing and discount subwoofers adding new levels to the genre.

Country Music Telivision

Written on September 30, 2016   By   in Music You Show Know

Typically called CMT, Country Music Television is a cable television channel that features American country music.  The channel’s programmings include taped concerts, movies, past and present country star’s biographies, and music videos.  The television channel is operated and owned by MTV Networks, a Viacom subsidiary.


Country Music Television was established by Glenn D. Daniels on the 5th of March 1983, and launched from a Hendersonville Tennessee facility called the Video World Productions.  Daniels was the founder, maker, and first network president of initially named “CMTV” but at all times “Country Music Television”.  The “V” on the “CMTV” was dropped in answer to contender MTV to avoid confusing viewers that CMTV was a spin-off of MTV.


Country Music Television beat TNN (Nashville Network) on air for two days and turned into the main competition of TNN until 1991, when the then-owner of TNN – Gaylord Entertainment Company, bought the financially broke network. Country Music television was placed to play twenty-four hour country music videos, whereas TNN was focused toward programs providing “country lifestyle”.


In the year 1995, the two networks were put up for sale to the proprietor of CBS Network, Westinghouse.  The acquisition of the country-themed networks, together with the creation of the unfortunate network “Eye on People”, formed a division of CBS Cable.  Eventually, Viacom merged with Westinghouse/CBS, taking ownership of TNN and CMT and placing them into the stable of MTV Networks.


Viacom modified the format/focus of TNN in 2000, finally changing its name to Spike TV.  From that time, Country Music Television has turned into a network fashioned after MTV, having current programs that feature country music-themed shows, country lifestyle-themed shows, and old movies and shows that highly feature Southern-rock or country music such as Dukes of Hazzard and Freebird: The Movie.


In recent years, Country Music Television has turned into more like a pop-culture channel, with an increasing weight on specials, reality programs, and countdowns in music videos.  Several have complained that the channel is changing too far-off from country music, like in the instance of Country Music Television acquiring the rights to airing the pageant of Miss America which began I the 2006 event; the network has also publicized its plans to air supplementary realty shows weeks before the pageant for 2007.


Country Music Television has had major rating gains from the time when it was acquired by MTV Networks (2001).  Now, the channel is available to more than eighty-three million U.S. homes.