This was something new, something I didn't expect. I couldn't help but smile to myself that I had discovered a shining gem, deep within the trenches of my first impression. This experience prompted me to study orchestral conducting. More importantly, I realized that always keeping an open ear and mind help bypass the subjective first
Many new themes emerge as melodies are echoed from various instruments, allowing for layering of the piece. In an almost entirely minor section, Dvorak throws in a major chord, showcasing a Picardi third. Old themes are brought back and then trombones are given a chance to bask in the spotlight as they take over once the band had crescendoed to a forte. The movement dwindles down in numbers, leaving just three string players to create a slow melody as it moves towards the end. The ballad then concludes with the strings playing an ascending line, leaving just the low strings.
I think this was a great choice for the opening piece because it captured the listener’s attention. “La Mer” is a classical French piece of music that was written by Debussy in the twentieth century. The song begins with a disjunct sound caused by the different melodies and harmonies being played by different sections of the orchestra. Slowly out of the chaos brings a light, airy feeling that was accomplished by the help of a flute and violin solo. The excitement again grows causing a repetitive feel, but this time it is cultivated by the brass and the percussion sections that cause a tremendous increase in the volume of the piece.
It reminded me of the life process, and how we have different seasons in our life and it kind of walked us through these seasons and portrayed them in a way that I found beautiful. At first, the piece started out slow and calming, but then as it progressed more and more it became stronger. Throughout the rest of the piece, it kept shifting back and forth from strong sounding to weak, and the tempo was mostly the same except for certain parts where it sped up and grew extremely loud and then quickly faded out which gave out a very dramatic feel to it. One of my favorite parts in this piece was when the main violinist started plucking the
It is one of Beethoven’s best pieces that are still played all around the world for orchestras. Beethoven has made such an impact on the classical music world form the 1800s until now and it is portrayed through many aspects. It takes hard work and dedication for orchestras to perfect the sound that is intended and that is what also makes the piece
Berlioz produced Traite d’instrumentation et d’orchestration modernes (1844) as handbook for orchestration which served to later generations an introduction to the expressiveness that’s in music (Jaquez Barzun). Berlioz was a leader of the Romantic Movement, as he truly embodied the expressiveness and dramatization that the movement held key. He was able to create unique works and never repeated himself. The innovation of symphonies, expression in music, and true variety were all the edge Berlioz had. Even in his time it can be seen how he influenced others like Wagner with his style.
He believed that behind music were mathematical, philosophical, and intellectual interpretations. While this can be said for classical music, it is more identified with symphonies, concertos, and sonatas. Milton Babbitt’s interpretation of music has made me realize that there is so much more to music than what the ear absorbs. I did not realize the hard work that goes into creating music. Learning about Milton Babbitt definitely made me deepen my appreciation for musicologists and their works.
This is similar to the way theatre uses music as “a sense of ritual return” (Berger 475). In La La Land, the score weaves each scene together and accompanies me through every step of the story. Each song is either repeated or slightly altered and this reprise of the score constantly reminds me that I am still residing in the fantasies of La La Land. Additionally, the tendency of using xylophones as the main instrument accompanying the songs allows me to feel as if I am part of a dream. For example, during the scene when Mia is driving down the street after rehearsing for her play, the song City of Stars plays in the background with a slightly slower rhythm using xylophones.
It was very good experience to learn about him, and how he loves people and listen to them. Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson is the first musical play I've gone to. I thought it wouldn’t be very good, but when I saw it I liked it. There are some factors made the play successful which are the music, the stage, and the actors. Music and the songs played important roles in the play.