Johann Sebastian Bach Violin Sonata in A minor BWV 1003 (1720) Greatest German composer of all time, Johann Sebastian was born in a musical family in Eisenach. He received his musical training from his father Johann Ambrosius and relatives. Besides being a highly respected organist, Bach’s compositions were also greatly recognized and became the musical model for other famed composers after his time such as Mozart, Beethoven and Mendelssohn. The Sonata in A minor is one of the works in Bach’s six unaccompanied violin sonatas and partitas. His sonata has 4 movements and all organized in slow-fast-slow-fast order.
Beethoven’s works can be divided into three periods, Sonata in C minor (Pathétique) belongs to his early period. It is one of a dedication to his principal patron - Prince Karl Von Lichnowsky during Beethoven was residing in Vienna in his early years. Although the Pathétique Sonata is likely listed into the Classical period in the technical aspect, it consists lots of romantic elements as well. Additionally, Beethoven has high admired to Mozart. It is believed that Mozart’s K. 475 piano sonata inspired Beethoven a lot.
Shortly after George Gershwin’s premier of his iconic Rhapsody in Blue in 1924, a conductor named Walter Damrosch commissioned Gershwin to write a piano concerto that was based on a Classical concerto with orchestration. Like it’s rhapsodic cousin, this piece is a unique fusion of Classical and Jazz styles and is great fun to both play and listen to. Like the traditional concerto model from the 18th Century, this concerto was written in three movements in this order: fast, slow, fast. Another flashback to the past that is unconventionally evident in this concerto is “organicism,” which in music, means that all of the movements of a piece are thematically related. Typically, in the Classical tradition, those recurring motifs
Haydn’s Symphony No. 100 in G major came in one of those ups and downs mentioned earlier. But out of that tough time, Haydn’s Symphony 100 “enjoyed a career-high success. His Military Symphony was the 1794 season’s third and final premiere… “The audience demanded an encore after the second movement, which introduced ‘Turkish’ instruments previously only heard in the Opera House” Haydn’s Symphony is a loud robust piece. It is amazing.
The first movement begins in sonata form, the second movement is in ternary form and the third movement is in sonata form. There is no pause between movements which was a linking technique used by Romantic composers. The piece is a successful combination of lyricism and virtuosity, this being the reason why it is so widely loved. There is a clear display of his love for balance in the cooperative interactions between the soloist and the orchestra. There are also changes in theme throughout this piece and this lends itself to creating wonderful contrasts in tone colour.
2 in D Major TWV 40:120 Spirituoso composed by G.P Telemann. You can definitely tell that this piece was composed in the baroque era. You can hear the elaborated musical ornamentation throughout the piece and the canon technique of both flutes in a major scale. The sound of this piece sounds jolly and yet adventurous with its steady consonant tempo and trills. This by far was one of the shortest pieces that I heard throughout the evening and yet
George Frideric Handel was a great musician who composed many operas and oratorios especially in London. He is an inspiration of many due to his hard work in both music and other fields. For instance, in Hanover, Handel was made the Kapellmeister to the Elector, George Louis who favored him and sent him to visit England for twelve months. During his first visit in London, he was received at Queen Anne 's court and stayed there for the first eight months. However, his great interest was in Vanbrugh’s new opera house.
Ludwig van Beethoven, known worldwide as the most tremendous composer of all time, was born around 16 December 1770 in Bonn, Germany. Despite his correct birth date being undecided, Ludwig was baptized on 17 December 1770. Due to law at the time, babies were baptized within 24 hours, so his most likely birthdate would be 16 December 1770. Beethoven had two younger brothers: Caspar and Johann. Beethoven’s mother, Maria, was gentle and well principled.
The introduction is pesante, making the listener feel like something is weighing down on him. After the short introduction, a new idea is introduced. This new passage is much lighter and faster, and it uses the full range of the instrument from the beginning. After this passage ends, a variation of it begins, utilizes the same idea of ascending thirds from the original passage. Paganini uses ascending and descending octave double stops at a fast tempo frequently in this piece.
The first movement was generally referred to as “allegro”, the second movement “andante”, and the third and last movement was generally a dance e.g. minuet or a gigue. Giovanni Battista Sammartini, a prominent composer of early symphony, used an earlier version of Sonata-form in his first
George Theophilus Walker was an amazing and talented composer. He composed many piano sonatas, operas, ballets, and many different types of music. Walker was an amazing composer and very good at what he did. Walker was the first black American composer to win the Pulitzer Prize for Music in 1996. Walker was an amazing composer, a great and loving family man, a successful writer, and an inspiration to all who compose music or have composed any piece of music in the past with Walker.