Courtney Carrico and Melody Bahmanzad
Appreciation of Music
1 October 2014
Music 100 - Essay No. 2 The song originally discusses in our first essay was “All by Myself,” initially written by Eric Carmen, covered by Celine Dion. In further research, we have discovered that Carmen's song was based on Russian pianist and songwriter Sergei Vassilievich Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 2. Sergei Rachmaninoff was born on April 1st, 1873 and died on March 28th, 1943. Rachmaninoff was born in the Romanticist Era, therefore his pieces of music were written with the traits of that era. As a boy, he grew up wealthy due to his aristocratic parents. His parents hired Anna Ornatskaya to teach young Rachmaninoff piano. Ornatskaya educated …show more content…
Eventually Sergei Rachmaninoff decided to become a composer and began creating many compositions. Thus, his Piano Concertos were brought into existence. A concerto is “a musical composition for a solo instrument or instruments accompanied by an orchestra, especially one conceived on a relatively large scale.” (Webster's Dictionary 2010) Specifically, Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 2 was written in the form of a three-movement concerto. The piece varied between major and minor in each movement. Some of the vital instruments used in this brilliant piece are the piano, strings, flute, oboe, clarinet, trumpets, trombones, timpani, and much more. The part of the piece that was taken by Eric Carmen was the them from the second movement in the concerto. Describing the second movement of the musical composition, it begins with the strings ascending and making the music have a sort of lifting feel. Then the piano gently enters with an “apreggiated figure” and the strings join back in and the piano and strings work together to produce the main theme of the concerto. The music has a slight crescendo and then starts to fade away. Finally, the solo piano finishes the second …show more content…
2. The most likely answer to that would be that he was an admirer of Rachmaninoff and wished to base a song off of his composition. Maybe he felt that the classical piece mixed with a modern style brought more dynamics into the song and made it more interesting. It could also be that if Rachmaninoff's piece was famous or well known, then it would provide familiarity to the new song making it more likeable, and therefore more successful, to his audience. Whatever the case may be, many people have enjoyed Carmen's and Rachmaninoff's works and hopefully will continue to for years to
She has composed small pieces of compositions for instruments that are uncommon. Some instruments include the trombone, oboe, bassoon, horn, and more wind and horn instruments. She has also composed group concertos for two pianos but has also composed solo concertos for violins, pianos, and horns. The composer has many larger formatted compositions too.
Duke Ellington, a young man raised in Washington D.C., dedicated his life to music. “The King of Jazz”, a name given to him by a jazz critic, invariably understood that his passion for music at a very young age. The talented composer took up piano lessons at the age of five and spent
They were written specifically for his band and soloists. He made sure to take into account the difference between each of his soloists, such as variations in tone. He paid attention to detail when composing and arranging. Such pieces included “Mood Indigo” (1930), which was created to emphasize the trombone, the muted trumpet, and the low-register clarinet. He created pieces specifically for his soloists to emphasize their individual talent, such as “Echoes of Harlem” and “Concerto for Cootie”, which were for Cootie Williams, his trumpet player.
Felix Mendelssohn Felix Mendelssohn; pianist, composer, conductor. Mendelsohn was a man of many talents that graced the world with his artistic genius. Many compare him akin to Mozart and Beethoven, and though his life was short lived, he made the most of what he had. Felix Mendelssohn was one of the greatest composers of the 1800s, or the Romantic era in music history. Born in Hamburg, Germany on February 3rd, 1809 to Leah Salomon and Moses Mendelssohn, he was lucky to have been born and raised in a prosperous middle class family.
This piece consisted of two different movements. The second part of it was a lot more allegro, upbeat, and energized. It symbolized the eternal love that no one, not even a powerful king, could take away. The whole orchestra had more active roles and a polyphonic texture. Together they made a beautiful
The last piece of the performance was Symphony No. 6 in B minor, Opus 54, written by Dmitri Shostakovich. This piece also has three movements, and they are Largo, Allegro, and Presto. The piece starts off with a homophonic texture, followed by several changes in tempo and dynamics. The middle of the piece was mostly very quiet and slow.
Sergei Rachmaninoff and Maurice Ravel were two major composers who achieved artistic success before World War I. However, their perspective toward the war were completely different. As a result, they had a very different life under the war. Rachmaninoff was very worried about the increasing tension both between European countries, and communist and Russian government, especially after Russia’s failure in the war against Japan.
Ferdinand De Jean, a Dutch flautist, ordered Mozart to write 4 quartets and 3 flute concertos, but Mozart only completed three quartets and one flute concerto. Instead of composing a brand new flute concerto, he rearranged the oboe concerto he had written earlier that year as the second flute concerto, which is divided into 3 movements: Allegro aperto, Adagio non troppo and Rondo: Allegretto. The concerto is an excellent showpiece and is widely performed by soloists nowadays. Listening to this well-written repertoire, it is hard to believe that Mozart disliked flute or that this piece was originally written for another
Frédéric François Chopin was a brilliant musician who made an incredible impact not only on the Romantic Era (19th century), which is when he composed his works but also on countless musicians to come. He was a beloved Polish composer and pianist who, during his short 39-year life, was able to rise to become a cultural icon in music history. His main focuses in music were the melody, harmony, and specific piano techniques that were prominent during the Romantic period. His skill on the piano and his heart-felt pieces forever revolutionized the use of the piano for solo, musical pieces. Chopin was born in a small town near Warsaw, Poland named Zelazowa Wola on March 1, 1810.
Zhang Zhou Yaodong Professor Greg Peterson Classical styles and romantic spirits 2 November 2016 Richard Strauss Violin Sonata Richard Strauss (1864-1949), was a leading German composer and conductor. His orchestral compositions and operas have made him one of the best known composers of the late Romantic and early modern eras. While Strauss did not pay much attention to his chamber music in his later life, in earlier years he tried to compose several different types of chamber works such as a string quartet, two piano trios, a piano quartet and several instrumental sonatas. Now I will introduce his last work of chamber music, the violin sonata. At the age of 23, Strauss composed
It is forceful and heavy and is very different to the accompaniment of the first section. The accompaniment has a sudden crescendo from the pianissimo of the first section to the mezzo forte of the second section, which shocks the audience. The harmonies are also more chromatic and dissonant, adding to the unease and discomfort felt, both by the character and the audience. In bar 23, instead of the dyads, the left hand begins playing octaves while the right hand plays chords, making the piece feel more menacing. The crescendos, diminuendos and sforzandos in the accompaniment, and the harmonies accurately portray the second and fifth stanzas of the poem, where the character is pulled from his lovely dream and sees his reality, where it is cold and he is alone.
• He was born on 22 January 1904 in St. Petersburg, Russia. • The son of a composer, Balanchine studied piano from the age of five and had a robust understanding of music. • In 1914 he was accepted by the Imperial Ballet School in St. Petersburg at the age of 9.
The piece comprise of many musical instrument particularly string, brass, and woodwinds. The composer also use repetition in composing as the first part is repeated at the end of the piece, but with more sophisticated dynamics and timbre. In my opinion, the piece by Richard Wagner is a very good example for the topic of Basic Musical Concept that introduce many essential parts like referential listeners and structure of
Beethoven showed his musical talents at his young age. In 1792 he moved to Vienna and spent rest of his live there. He studied with Haydn and soon he gained his reputation as a virtuoso pianist that often showing his ability of improvisation during performance. Beethoven’s career as a composer can be categorized into three periods: (1) the peak of Classical period where most of his works shown influences of his teacher Joseph Haydn, as well as influences from other great musicians of all time such as Mozart.