Schumann began studying law but then changed his study, to pursue a career as a pianist. A hand injury ended this dream. He then focused his attention on composing. His published compositions were written exclusively for the piano until 1840; he later composed works for piano, voice and piano and also orchestra. He composed 4 symphonies, an opera and chamber works.
Both composers were recognized as prodigies and given music lessons from an early age. Both boys also quickly surpassed the abilities of their teachers. Chopin received several years of private lessons from Józef Elsner before attending the High School of Music in 1826. However, the majority of Chopin’s extraordinary keyboard ability was self taught and by the age of 20, he performed the F minor Concerto to a crowd of 900 (Green). While Chopin persisted in his musical education, Tchaikovsky gave
Continuing on, the phrase builds up to an E flat, followed by filler rests that set the stage for the second character to enter. It sings a C minor triad at a piano dynamic, finishing the phrase with a diminished 7th in the Mozart and a dominant 7th in the Beethoven. The unresolved chords allow for the reappearance of the first character, who belts out the melody with the same arpeggiated motif from before, but this time in the dominant major—G major. Once again, the quieter character follows, this time resolving the phrase to a C minor chord. As seen in these two pieces, Beethoven copied the notes and story told in Mozart’s sonata.
It is commonly stated in literature that Beethoven’s violin concerto is the most preformed violin concerto today. It has a beautiful sound and is a rewarding challenge for a violinist to learn and preform. Although not well received when he first wrote it, he must have known how important if was because he re-wrote it for the piano. He did not write the cadenzas for the violin concerto but he wrote them for Piano Concerto op. 61a.
Schumann Three Romances, Op. 94 Schumann’s Op. 94 Romances were composed in 1849, during a time when his mental health was deteriorating rapidly. Originally written for the oboe, the first performance featuring the violin and piano was given by Clara Schumann and François Schubert in a private concert. The three pieces are all written in ABA form, the typical form for songs, and feature lyrical, heartfelt melodies that evoke storytelling and vivid imagery.
How was Irving Berlin impactful? Many of Broadway composers or lyricists have changed and made musicals that became famous because of their own unique style of work. Irving Berlin was one of the most popular composers and lyricists throughout the 1900s and still known for his impact on people and musicals that still resonates throughout America. Either known for his unique style of how he played the piano (only in black keys), how his music in theater translated to the people during times of war, he lived a long and fulfilling life. No one knows when and where exactly was Irvin Berlin born, though he was presumably born in Tyumen, Russia.
A couple of his famous works would be Concerto Grossi, Christmas Concerto, and Sonata de camera in D minor. George Philipp Telemann who was born in 1681 and died in 1767 was a distinguished musician and composer who appeared later in the baroque period. One thing that made him unique would be his incorporation of unusual instrumentation in his concertos. He was also known for gathering students and putting on concerts for the public. His church music was also well known with his most popular works being Viola Concerto in G, Trio Sonata in C Minor, and The Paris Quartets.
The piece I will reanalyze is the Prelude from Bach’s Suite No. 1 in G major, which was the most representative pieces of baroque music, and it was played with cello as the solo instrument. This prelude is recognized as one of the best-known movement from the entire suites, and it is widely adopted into many modern films and commercials, for example, movies like How Not to Disappear Completely, Irrational Man, and TV series like Parenthood all cited the prelude as their soundtracks (Johann, n.d.). With the familiarity and the knowledge acquired through this semester, I will appreciate this brilliant piece of music in terms of four aspects, that are the instrument, background, composer, and the musical techniques. First, instrument.
Johann Sebastian Bach, Gavotte, from French Suite no. 5 in GM Analysis Johann Sebastian Bach wrote a plethora of harpsichord pieces in his lifetime that have influenced composers for generations. The musical structures and forms used in his music have been replicated and still prevalent in music today. In this paper, I will be looking at how this piece is written in balanced binary form. This piece is part of a collection of small works written by Bach.
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