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Orchestral Instruments

  • The chief difference in the evolution of orchestral instruments in Ill Bethisad is the continued development of the keyed brass instruments as a separate and parallel subfamily (alongside the piston instruments). Thus, avid listeners of classical music *there* have long known and appreciated the different tonal qualities of ophicleide and euphonium, and have come to expect them where composers, such as Verdi and Wagner, have given voice to them. Both families of brass instruments have continued to evolve apace: the valved brass are largely where they are *here*, while the keyed brass have enjoyed continued improvements to key placement, standardised number of keys and systematisation of keywork that such instruments have not enjoyed *here*. The dichotomy of tonal colours has thus produced a modern orchestra with a slighty larger brass section than *here*'s orchestra: three piston trumpets (or cornets), two keyed trumpets (or cornets), five french horns, three trombones, one or two euphoniums, one or two ophicleides, one tuba.

Musical Forms

  • Britain is famous worldwide for its varied musical output, from fine classical composers and orchestras, to town brass bands, church orchestras and traditional bardic strains. Popular and folk music find an excellent environment to meld into new and fantastic forms. See Kemr, keyword "Music".
  • An old hand-copied part book from Annapolis, written in "Patent Notes", with text in Kerno.
    A very old Anglo-Welsh style of part singing that has been in decline during the 19th and 20th centuries in Britain is making a revitalisation in the early 21st century, having been reëxported from the NAL to the FK. This kind of singing, called solfey, or solfeġ as it's called in Brithenig, derives from 15th and 16th century styles which travelled to the Americas with the early settlers. As is still commonly heard in British churches, particularly in England, solfey singing is often accompanied in the bass part by a brace of serpents or ophicleides. The English, who have recently rediscovered this curious and ancient British passtime of comunal singing, have taken to calling it gallery music.
  • A new Americo-British music that evolved in the early to mid 20th century is Fuzió: a "fusion" of Zaydeco, Jass and traditional British/Celtic.
  • Popular in all northern cities of the NAL from the late 1800's to the early 20th century was Ragtime, which is considered by some a fusion of African-American styles and European Classical music. It's most famous contributor was Scott Joplin who composed some of the most popular songs.
  • Nu jass is a curious fusion of jass, ska/rocksteady, and the avant-garde, which has recently become popularised by such popular artists as Jij-Zet and Kenny North.
  • Other trends are Contrey, typical of northern Louisianne, east Tejas and the western and southern provinces of the NAL; and Estompier, which evolved from the Jass movement and is a popular sort of swing dance style known for energetic moves.

Classical Music

Of course, there is also Classical Music:

  • J. S. Bach's Premarian Concertos1; many works for fortepiano and organ - toccatas, preludes, fugues [18th cen].
  • Georg Friedrich Kremer dedicated his masterpiece Die Musikalische Gabe (a.k.a. "the Forty-Eight") to his close friend J. S. Bach, who was born in the very same year as Kremer himself.
  • Andrew Corelli's Concerto for Six Oliphaunts and Three Ophicleides vs. Orchestra [1866].
  • Frydryk Frączyszek Chopin, Veneda's greatest and most prolific composer, whose musical style became radically avant-gardist after 1880.
  • Ravi and Anoushka Shankar have brought Indian classical music into the western conscience [c.2000].

[1] Although the proper German title is Preimerische Konzerte, the usual English title is, in fact Pommeranian Concertos. English is a weird language and often refuses to play by the rules. "Premarian Concertos" is a common title form found in European discographies, and is increasingly favoured by anglophone musicologists.

Folk Music

And many kinds of Folk Music to tempt the adventurous ear:

  • The Mac Fhlannchaidh Brothers (Ireland) made Irish popular music extremely popular in America.
  • The Twelve Girls Band (Hunan) are making serious inroads into the West from the Orient.
  • The Band of Brothers (Dûnein) are a popular zidico-celtic-breton fuzió or fusion group.
  • Prwyster Gweresydaed an Caemyn (Arvorec Isles) are gaining in popularity.
  • Taely (Arvorec Isles) plays modern Celtic fuzio.
  • The Jakob Broewer Band (Cruzan Islands), featuring the "grand old man" of Qvelbe music.
  • Here's a popular folk tune: Spencer the Rover
  • Motoercar is a popular group in Kemr, mixing the cutting edge of synthesised music with folk-metal like in this version of the old tune Mrs. Widgery's Lodger.
  • O Sole d''a Acqua (The Sun off the Water; Italy) is a Neapolitan minority folk group from The Marches, very popular in Italy.
  • Crom Cruach, an Irish metal band mixing black metal with folk metal and fuzio, all the while singing about Cravethist gods and Druids cutting mistletoe off trees with golden sickles.

National anthems

See National anthems.


  • ABBA; world-famous band from the Scandinavian Realm
  • Aimee Mann who is doing an extended tour of Montrei, to the joy of the locals.
  • Alder Johannes, né Reginald Douwait, of Middlesex, renowned mostly for his monobrow and for being openly gay is a court favorite for Queen Diana, playing pianoforte in very dashing sequins.
  • Angelita Diaz is an openly bisexual (in a relationship with novelist V.A.Howard) pop artist from Montrei, very popular in Montrei, Alta California, etc. who has just (in 2005) made a debut album in the NAL.
  • 'Bondacie, one of the most--if not the most successful Jass artists of all time, hailing from Nouvelle Orleans, Louisianne of Biloxien and Nouvelle Orléanais ancestry.
  • Deftonos is a well-liked heavy metal band from Sacramento, Montrei, incorporating dream pop, avant-garde and djent influences into Montreiano nu-metal.
  • Jean de Cournouaille, Tejas-born singer-songwriter living in the NAL
  • Maize, a grunge-influenced fuzió band originating in Atlanta, Jacobia whose distinctive blend of Scottish-tinged fuzió, hip hop and heavy metal with some funk influences became a major influence on the "Neo-Metal" bands of the late 90s and early 2000s.
  • EastWest, a former band from Turkestan who invented the musical style that now bears their name.
  • Êtres-Vivants, a wildly popular band from Saint-Louis, pushing what has been dubbed Hyper-Jass. (said in a way to rhyme with Creeper-Grass)
  • NoMoreEagleZ the now-disbanded rock group from the 1970s and 80s, one of the major icons of that generation.
  • Collective Arse-Biters, a grungy fuzio band originating in Aquanishuonigy, blending some Native sounds with energetic fuzio.
  • Pink Frojt, a highly successful zone-rock band from England, considered along with NoMoreEagleZ and Los Muartos Agrayeçiyos(The Thankful Dead) to be one of the defining bands of the genre.
  • Exodus, another successful zone rock band, from Scotland, known for their literary inspiration and for singing in Lowlands Scots.
  • Comitet de Cirima de Corni Populari (CCCP), a Crimean ska band singing entirely in Parra as a form of "creole solidarity".
  • Spicy Green Bell Peppers, perhaps the most famous American funk-rock band.
  • Claudius Pollinc, a minimalist from Atmar, Xliponia, composer of slightly disturbing pieces like
    • Jassify-3, an eclectic jass-classical fusion
    • saXyl, an intolerably long sonata for two instruments, never publicly performed in its entirety, a very small part of which is on file, playing (the word is used advisedly) on the x in saxophone, xylophone and Xliponia
  • The Squashing Gourds, a highly eclectic and highly acclaimed alternative rock band from Chicago, Ouisconsin
  • Zaydeco Warrior (Louisianne) released in April of 2003 'Getting Jiggy on the Bayou Tonight' (<Fuzió)
  • Antonia dei Angeli, an Italian pop singer from Tuscany, very popular across Italy and abroad.
  • Rossinyol, mixing Catalan cobla with fast-paced fuzió.
  • Viva Italia, an Italian group from Aosta, one of the few bands that sing only in Italian outside of Tuscany (the birthplace of Italian) and Umbria and the Marches (which speak closely related dialects). Their efforts are changing the perception by native Italians that Italian is an "ugly language".
  • The Chartreuse Organ Stops, a brother-and-sister garage-rock team from Mascoutensi.


Some original tunes written for IB

The chimes at the Patriarchal Abbey at Glastein in Kemr:

Cristos Levato (Tropar de Pasxa), sung in Crimea on Easter Morning:
Tune for Tropar de Pasxa

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