This is a metronome. They are helpful as we can use them to show us what a regular beat at a particular speed sounds like. Musicians often practice along to the ticking of a metronome to make sure they are not speeding the music up, or slowing it down accidentally.

 

This is a piece called Spiegel Im Spiegel by the Estonian composer Arvo Pärt. It is incredibly simple and relaxing music. The pianist's right hand acts almost like a metronome, marking out the beat upon which the viola player can play long sustained notes.

 

A large amount of dance music relies on a heavy beat to get people moving their feet. This is a vocal arrangement of a well known dance track. For the majority of the song, there is a constant thumping bass drum beat. You can see how different the music sounds when this beat drops away at around 0:52.

 

Sometimes music tries its best to hide the beat. It is very slow and not very obvious but even this very free playing style does have some kind of underlying beat, moving the music forward. In Eastern European music like this, slow, free playing is often followed by quick dances which are played to a very definite beat.

 

A very natural reaction when we hear a piece of music is to want to clap along to the music's beat. In classical music this is normally not encouraged, but in this New Year's Day concert, the orchestra made an exception!

 

Metronome

This is a metronome. They are helpful as we can use them to show us what a regular beat at a particular speed sounds like. Musicians often practice along to the ticking of a metronome to make sure they are not speeding the music up, or slowing it down accidentally.

Spiegel Im Spiegel

This is a piece called Spiegel Im Spiegel by the Estonian composer Arvo Pärt. It is incredibly simple and relaxing music. The pianist's right hand acts almost like a metronome, marking out the beat upon which the viola player can play long sustained notes.

Four to the Floor

A large amount of dance music relies on a heavy beat to get people moving their feet. This is a vocal arrangement of a well known dance track. For the majority of the song, there is a constant thumping bass drum beat. You can see how different the music sounds when this beat drops away at around 0:52.

Hiding the Beat

Sometimes music tries its best to hide the beat. It is very slow and not very obvious but even this very free playing style does have some kind of underlying beat, moving the music forward. In Eastern European music like this, slow, free playing is often followed by quick dances which are played to a very definite beat.

Clap to the Beat

A very natural reaction when we hear a piece of music is to want to clap along to the music's beat. In classical music this is normally not encouraged, but in this New Year's Day concert, the orchestra made an exception!