I had never been to a musical performance quite like this before. I had only seen an organ once at the Tabernacle Church in Utah, but had never heard it played before. I also had never heard a harp in person. This concert was a new experience for me.
The concert began with a pianist, Eric Paricio. Eric played three selected movements from Courage of Creation: passion, possibilities, and overcome. Passion was a crescendo dynamic piece. It began with a soft piano sound and gradually got louder. The tempo of the piece also changed throughout, it began with a largo temp and gradually moved to a presto tempo. Towards the end there was a decrescendo sound and the tempo also mellowed out. Passion reminded me of a piece that would be played at an elegant event. The next piece was called Possibilities. This piece had vivo tempo. It also had a crescendo dynamic. The third piece, Overcome was much like the other two pieces, the tempo was always changing on the spectrum gradually from largo to vivo. While watching, Eric preform …show more content…
I learned that the pedals on the bottom of the harp change the pitch of each string. While Abigail was playing I also noticed how the harp and her body shared a motion. Abigail played two pieces, Cadena and Aria from “Lucia di Lamnermoor” composed by Gaetno Donizetti. Throughout this piece I noticed there would be multiple high notes and then one low. This piece had many parts where there would be an allegro tempo with very high notes. The second piece, Siciliana composed by Ottorino Respighi and transcribed for harp by Marcel Grandjay. This piece was very soothing for me. It has a soft adagio beginning. As the piece continued in a crescendo way, the low notes even seemed soft which was incredible to hear. Abigail’s body movement showed her emotional value of the music. During the two pieces, she demonstrated the talent it takes for a musician to perform and the skill of playing an
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The Appalachian Symphony Orchestra performed, Celebration and Remembrance. The orchestra opened with Fanfare for the Common Man. Which was conducted by Mr. Smith. It was a great way to start off a World War II and Civil War Memorial concert. It was the opening piece and the orchestra was full of energy, and came out loud and with the bang.
I attended the Houston Symphony conducted by Andres Orozco-Estrada on Sunday, February 18th. It consisted of three pieces by the name of Three Dance Episodes from On the Town, Lago de Lagrimas Concert for Flutes, and Symphony no 7 in D minor, Opus 70. Overall, it was a great experience that I would definitely repeat because it was relaxing and peaceful watching the performance. The crowd was very respectful and the setting was professional and fancy. Everyone was nicely dressed and the workers were extremely helpful in directing the audience to the correct place.
A fact that I appreciated was that it was the director’s first year at Trinity and he made sure he did an exceptional job on these pieces. Compared to the last performance I attended, I liked this one more because it was exciting and made me comfortable being
This concert was very intriguing to me because I have never gone to a solo guitar concert before. Before attending, I perceived that this concert would be tedious and soporific, as I believed it would only consist of slow and unenthusiastic tunes that I do not like. After attending, however, I realized how wrong I was. The first song sounded like a typical Romantic era piece; it had a mellow timbre and was quite soothing to hear. When the soloist stated that this song is played at weddings occasionally, I was not surprised at all to hear this.
It features two main themes, plus many melodic episodes. The structure - in A-B-A form - is clearly identifiable through the themes that mark each of the sections: the lyrical melody that opens the work, the exciting piu animato that ends with a demanding cadenza, and the final recapitulation that is followed by a cheeky and vivacious codetta that brings the work to a dramatic close. Possessing a memorable melodic theme, the piece tests the performer through the unending phrases, virtuosic c and the resultant nimble fingerwork required. It has remained one of the great standards amongst the
The Lovell High School Concert Band had an amazing concert on the 30th of November. The songs included Celebration and Tribute, Sleigh Ride, Spirit of the Highlands, with a bonus of the combined band on Jinge, Jinge, Jingle. While all the songs were good, they were not spectacular. One that stands out to me is Celebration and Tribute. While Celebration and Tribute is not an extremely a technical piece, it still has its moments of fast notes and rhythms.
Prior to this, I have never attended a classical concert. I actually had no clue as to what to expect because I could not find a review for UH concerts. The Jazz Orchestra performed in the Moores Opera House on a stage setting similar to that of my middle school band. The band instruments were tiered on the risers while the other performers were simply beside the risers. There were a few noticeable differences such as, the microphones set in the center for soloists, and a marker hanging from above to mark the center of the stage.
Instruments are introduced at the beginning of new sections, such as the pre-chorus and chorus. Dynamics each verse begins in mp and increases dynamically to mf at the pre-chorus; there is a slow crescendo to f during the transition from pre-chorus to chorus. Tempo the tempo of this song is moderato at approximately 116 bpm, however it feels much slower due to the emphasis being on the 2nd and 4th beats rather than on the 1st and 3rd.
The first movement, Allegro ma non troppo, is very fiery and powerful. After an initial flourish of piano solo, the violin brings forth the main theme, a romantic, almost heroic melody. As the theme is developed fast passages create a sense of urgent drama. The middle movement is very unique because of its title Improvisation: Andante cantabile. The tranquil violin passages give the impression of improvisational material.
In similarity to this piece of music, the next group played a similar piece except it repeatedly shifted from low pitch to high pitch and from slow tempo to fast tempo. In addition, there was an assistance that flipped the pages for the pianist. Once this piece was done, a 15 minute intermission occurred with a
I had been in band from fifth grade through high school so even just hearing an ensemble sound again was amazing as I miss band very much. I also really enjoyed The Swan Lake Suite as it has been one of my favorite pieces since I was little, so it was also really nice to hear something that I already knew a little of how it would go. The orchestra sounded amazing and I am also good friends with one of the bassoon players so it was neat that one of our concerts to choose from had someone I knew in it. It was so interesting to hear all of the elements we have been discussing in class, actually in person and it was helpful that I was in band throughout school
On Wednesday, the 18th of May, I attended and participated in the Final Band Concert of the year. Throughout the year, all band students continually practice pieces and the Final Band Concert is the only concert to have every band student in it from fifth grade all the way up to twelfth. This concert is always very special because it is both the first large concert for the fifth graders and the last for many students. The concert started from the Fifth Grade Band, then to the Junior 6th Grade, Advanced 7th and 8th Grade band, and finally to the High School Concert Band. The concert began exactly on time at 19:00.
First of all, the piece is quite interesting as a prelude – an introductory piece of music as it start off with dynamic and vibrant sounds that include the whole ensemble. This piece is structured as a three-part or ternary form which consists of ABA’ form. The idea of this piece is mainly act as an introductory of a story because this piece is only an excerpt from a bigger orchestral performance. From what I have heard, the solo performance is mainly comprise of the woodwind instruments in part B that indicated the slight sign of relief and calmness. The piece has a lot of variation where the composer include different timbres and dynamics such as the high dynamic structure during the first and the last part with the associating crashes of cymbals.
It may not seem significant to the audience, but to me, a mere 10 years old, it was a major breakthrough. I finally got the chance to spread the joy and love that I gained from this experience to the audience yet it was so nerve wrecking. As I took up my violin and touched the shrill E-string, I was immersed in the beauty of the music that awed me for years. The nervous thoughts just floated away and all that was in my mind was how to shape the music. The clear, sweet singing melody floated out from my three quarter-sized violin as my chubby fingers flew on the fingerboard.