MYchapel First Time

Classical music can seem tedious to some first-time music lover.
Here are some clues to enjoy classical music, intended to help make your first visit to the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel a great experience.

1.     What is classical music?

Classical music includes many musical styles hundreds of years of a Haydn quartet to a Beethoven symphony, through the virtuosity of a Paganini to experimental compositions of Stockhausen.

Generally, classical music is played by a symphonic ensemble of strings, woodwinds, brass and percussion or a combination of these instruments.

2. Will I be surprised?

Totally. Classical music is fascinating, exciting and often surprising. When you hear “The Rite of Spring” by Stravinsky, it is easy to understand what Stravinsky wanted to convey through his music. Like agility Liszt piano bluff you.


3. Will I recognize any music?

You will know much more than you imagined. Many popular songs, television shows and current films use or are based on classical themes, including the “Lone Ranger” theme (Rossini’s William Tell Overture), the Bugs Bunny cartoon “What’s Opera, Doc?” (Wagner’s Ride of the Valkyries), United Airlines television commercials (Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue), and many others.

4. What is exactly a MYChapel subscription?

Thanks to your subscription, you benefit from five free concerts a year in varied and original places but also reduced prices on all other concerts . You have the opportunity to join the community of young classical music lovers, and to meet the young and great international musicians.


5. What’s the difference between a concert and a recital?

At a concert, the entire orchestra plays, led by a conductor.

At a recital, only a soloist— usually with a piano accompanist—performs. Recitals are more intimate than symphonic concerts.

6. What is the difference between a concert of chamber and symphony concert?

The symphony orchestra is an ensemble made up of all the families of instruments: strings, woodwinds, brass and percussion plus choirs for the philharmonic orchestra, but the term seems to be appeared in the sense that nineteenth century.

In classical instrumental music, chamber orchestra is an orchestra of modest size – maximum of fifteen musicians – dedicated to the works of the seventeenth century to the nineteenth century that do not require a large number of instrumentalists. This training is for the living room because of the intimate music of its benefits in salons, churches, small-size concert halls, also because of his usual repertoire.


7. When should I clap?

Generally, you clap only after a piece is finished.

You can look at your program book to find out how many movements a piece has. Usually, there is a 15- to 30-second pause between movements.

For example, if you’re listening to Mozart’s Symphony No. 40, which has four movements, it is appropriate to clap only after the last movement. If you’re unsure, you can wait for the rest of the audience to clap before you join in 😉


8. How can I learn more about the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel?

We provide a number of programs that allow music lovers to learn more about the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel and the music it’s performing. They include pre-concerts talks given before most concerts; post-concert cocktail with some of the world-renowned musicians. We are very active on social networks, we share our photos on Google+ and website and our newsletter allow you to stay informed.​