Johann Strauss was born on October 25, 1825 and died on June 3, 1899. He was an Austrian composer of light music, particularly dance music and operettas. Some of Johann Strauss' most famous works include "The Blue Danube", "Kaiser-Walzer. Strauss Junior studied the violin secretly as a child with the first violinist of his father's orchestra, Franz Amon. When his father discovered his son was secretly practicing on a violin, he gave him a severe whipping, saying that he was going to beat the music out of the boy.
C.P.E. Bach believed that music should touch the heart of player and audience and move one’s emotions, specifically in his work Versuch uber die wahre Art das Clavier zu spielen. He mandated that music must be played from the soul. C.P.E. Bach warned about using too many ornaments as well.
As seen in these two pieces, Beethoven copied the notes and story told in Mozart’s sonata. The characters created are close replicas and line up precisely, which demonstrates Mozart’s huge influence on Beethoven’s First Sonata. There are several other smaller elements that Beethoven borrowed from Mozart’s sonata. Mozart employed contrasting dynamics to produce a more dramatic mood, which Beethoven copied to create drama between his characters. His angry character stays at a forte (loud) throughout the
The suite is defined as a collection of movements that are put together by presenting in the same key (Suite, 2017). Suite is basically consisted of Allemande, Courante, Sarabande, and Gigue. However, Baroque suite sometimes has an additional element called Prelude, which is quite common in Bach’s works. Prelude is added serving as the introduction that gives a hint about the following theme. In this case, with the sonorous and cantabile sounds of cello, the resonant Prelude from Bach’s Suite No.
This Chaconne begins with a singing violin melody almost beguiling in its character, with a natural sense of ebb and flow that traverses numerous episodes. With the addition of double stops and chordal textures, the intensity gradually rises until it reaches the breaking point where the violin charges forward through a frenetic, virtuosic passage. The tension and register continue to rise to the point where the violin sounds as if it is screeching. The drama resolves in the brief coda as the frantic energy unwinds and the violin fades away into the
The Four Seasons is a group of four violin concertos, each representing a season of the year. Photographs of North Carolina’s state parks accompanied the piece. The poems that Vivaldi wrote to exemplify what the music intended to evoke was also shown. This is an example of program music. Program music is instrumental music where the composer wants you to hear a story.
The twentieth century was an extremely influential era overflowed with several prominent and inspirational figures. An effective figure who significantly impacted and revolutionized music during his time was Igor Stravinsky. The talented and popular Russian composer was mostly known for his masterpiece pieces in ballet music; however, Igor Stravinsky was also a talented pianist and conductor. Instead of being consistent with one compositional style, he reflected and embraced several compositional styles over the course of his music career. He is remembered for successfully giving the world new and unique rhythmic patterns.
His vocal and instrumental music for court ballets gradually made him indispensable. In 1660 and 1662 he collaborated on court performances of Francesco Cavalli Xerse and Ercole amante. When Louis XIV took over the power of government in 1661, he named Lully superintendent of the royal music and music master of the royal family. Lully's music was known for its power, liveliness in its fast movements and its deep emotional character in its slower movements. Some of his most popular works are his passacailles (passacaglias) and chaconnes, which are dance movements found in many of his works
Baroque music is a style of western art music. It was followed after the Renaissance music and was followed in turn by classical music. It emerged in the seventeenth century as a shorthand notation for keyboardists who were accompanying a soloist or small ensemble performing a work originally composed for a larger group. Key composers of the Baroque music are Antonio Vivaldi, Johann Sebastian Bach, Henry Purcell, Arcangelo Corelli, Alessandro Scarlatti, Jean Philippe Rameau, Johann Pachelbel, George Frideric Handle, Claudio Monteverdi Domenico Scarlatti and many others. The Baroque period saw the creation of tonality and an approach to writing music in which a song or piece is written in a particular key.
It appears that in the case of the title “Emperor”, there may be conflicts between how later musicians or publishers interpret Beethoven’s intentions and Beethoven’s actual intentions As we debate on the Romantic qualities of Beethoven works, such as giving a meaningful nickname to a musical work, we are reminded of some scholars, such as Charles Rosen, who do not classify at any point Beethoven as a composer of the Romantic period However, one name is recalled instantaneously, arguing for the Romanticism in Beethoven’s works: Anton Schindler A 6Moravian conductor and violinist, he served as a private secretary for Beethoven After Beethoven’s death, Schindler appropriated many items from Beethoven’s apartment, including the 400 “conversation
Mimi Dye performed Harold in Italy, Symphony in Four Parts with Viola Obbligato, Op.16 by Hector Berlioz. A famous violinist wants Berlioz to write a concerto to enable him to show off his new instrument, and then Berlioz began writing “a solo for viola, but one which involved the orchestra in such way as not to reduce the effectiveness of the orchestral composition.” There are four movements in this symphony. The first one is titled “Harold in the mountains”. With low-pitch sound and short duration provided by horns, cellos, and trombones, the music creates a deep melody, from which I can image that someone is trying to escape in nature. After that, there is a peaceful and gentle viola solo performance.The music makes me image that the one who escapes in nature see some beautiful senses, which makes him stop running.
His idea for this programmatic symphony was a lavish attempt to gain Smithson’s attention. A symphony is traditionally four movements, but this work is in five, which could be a sign of innovation…or simply madness. Berlioz was one of the pioneers of the programmatic style. Berlioz was hopelessly in love with Smithson and resorted to opium when composing the piece. Symphonie Fantastique premiered in Paris in 1830, in some opinions it was a complete failure, in others it was a success, Smithson lamentably did not attend.
The first piece of the documentary was Mendelssohn, Concerto in E minor performed by David Oistrakh. This piece was performed in Moscow, Russia at the time of 1958. The concerto was such a captivating piece that essentially hypnotizes the audience. As an audience member the piece sounded as it had a fast paced rhythm. When watching Oistrakh you can see that he makes precise, but quick strokes on the strings of the violin with his fingers that in turn gives off a certain note.