Hector Berlioz’ Symphonie Fantastique, movement 5; Songe d’une Nuit du Sabbat(dream of a witches Sabbath) fits into the romantic themes, particularly the sublime and individual. Through an analysis of the score, I will investigate how Berlioz used musical techniques to convey greatness in his work and suggest the themes of romanticism. The idea of the romantic period(1825-1900) was a revolt against classicism, the goal of the period was to be individualistic. Romantic composers relied on their own feelings to compose, in order to encourage predetermined moods in the listener. Berlioz’ lived a troubled life and this was reflected in his compositions through emotion.
Brahms Symphony No.1 is one among the four symphonies by Johannes Brahm, a German composer and pianist of the Romantic period mastered in symphonic and sonata style. Greatly inspired by Ludwig van Beethoven’s symphony, often called as “Beethoven’s Tenth”, Brahm has managed to blend traditional structures and ideals of classical era with the rising beauty of Romantic era music in this symphony. It uses instruments like flute, oboes, clarinets, bassoons, contrabassoon, horns, trumpets, trombone, timpani and violin. It consists of four movements: Allegro (quick), Andante Sostenuto (walking pace), Un poco Allegretto e grazioso (a little quickly, carefully) and Adagio.
Ludwig Van Beethoven (1770 – 1727) Beethoven was an eminent German composer and pianist who is one of the most iconic figures in the history of Western Culture. Amongst other works, Beethoven wrote a great deal of keyboard and orchestral music, including 32 piano sonatas and 9 symphonies.
Grand Duo Concertante for Clarinet and Piano op. 48 J204 1st Movement in Allegro con fuoco German composer Carl Maria von Weber (1786-1826) was an influential icon in the Romantic Era, a period between the 18th and 19th century in which personal expression, literary ideas and emotions reached its apogee. Weber was a composer, conductor and an expert pianist and was renowned for his works in opera, compositions for piano and compositions for woodwind instruments. His clarinet compositions which include two concertos, a concertino, a quintet, variations on a theme and a duo concertante, are performed even today.
3.1 Harmony and Key Modulation In Sarcasms , Prokofiev made many tonal innovations, which served as a symbolic trial for him. Prokofiev built his atonal structure by using the new music vocabulary and quartal structures that characterized the modern musical movement. Quartal structures are chords that have the interval of a fourth. In Daniel Cole Bertram’s doctoral dissertation on the topic, Prokofiev as Modernist, which discusses Prokofiev’s evolution of compositional style, Bertram claims that Prokofiev was influenced by Schoenberg’s liberation of tonality.
Franz Joseph Haydn was a German composer whose life story is one of trials and triumphs. As Philip G. Downs states, Haydn was born “the oldest son of the twenty children from his father’s two marriages” (199). Obviously, he and his family faced severe poverty. In spite of that, at a very early age Haydn’s musical gifts were noticeable. “Not only was he a gifted instrumentalist and composer, he also had a fantastic singing voice” (145).
This essay will draw attention to the relationship between the political and social circumstances surrounding the creation and performance of J.S Bach’s Concerto no.4 in G major (Brandenburg). Other factors such as how improved technology (instrumental and print), at that point of time, changed the way that music was created, transmitted and performed will also be discussed. Johann Sebastian Bach (J.S Bach) was born on March 31st, 1685 in Eisenach, Germany to a prominent musical family. His father, Johann Ambrosius Bach, the director of town musicians, taught him to play the violin and harpsichord whilst his uncle, Johann Christoph Bach, introduced him to the organ. Bach held a few notable musical posts over his lifetime in different parts of
Schermerhorn Symphony Center was hosting a free concert day on October 10th. Outside the symphony center was a beautiful fountain and trees outlined the gate. The wind was blowing gently. When we first arrived, we sat in on the Belmont University Percussion Ensemble. The ensemble played outside in front of the center.
In the book, Symphony for the City of the Dead, by M.T. Anderson, the author accentuates the composer, Dmitri Shostakovich, to describe the composer’s devotion for his city and country. The novel was set during 1905-1975 in northern Europe and western Russia. When Shostakovich lived in Leningrad, Russia, during World War 2, he wrote symphonies. He expressed his feelings of horror and hope for Russia's victory against the Nazi power in his symphonies. Although, his seventh symphony was the most significant to all globally in this time of war.
Concertino for flute and piano, Op.107 Cécile Chaminade (1857-1944) Cécile Chaminade (1857-1944) was a French composer and pianist. Her mother, a pianist and singer, provided young Cecile with her earliest musical instruction, who at a later age began to experiment in composition. Her father’s disagreement prevented her from attending the Paris Conservatoire, so instead she studied privately with members of its faculty, which included Benjamin Godard. She started composing music at the age of 8 and performed abroad at the age of 16. Chaminade became a successful composer and concert pianist in the early 1900s, with a tremendous popularity in the United States and was one of the first French female professional composers.