He was the last of eight children and came from a family of well known and highly talented musicians ("J. S. Bach: Baroque Composer."). His father, Johann Ambrosius Bach was a church organist and gave Bach violin lessons at a young age and taught him to sing in the church choir (Kamien, Roger.). When he was ten, in 1695, his parents died and Bach moved to Ohrdruf, Germany to live with one of his older brothers who was also a church organist. Bach’s brother was the first to teach Bach how to play keyboard instruments. When he was fifteen, he gained a spot in the choir at St. Michael's School in Lüneburg.
When Mozart was only three he began to look at chords on a harpsichord. His father, Leopold, noticed his son’s extraordinary musical gifts when Mozart was only five, because he could not only play but also compose music. Leopold took his son to the Bavarian Court, the first place Mozart performed
It assumes the role of the "gravity center" of the entire work. The exposition of the theme creates the illusion of a two voice counterpoint. This theme will remain as it is to the end and function as a Rondo theme, except for its short block-chord variation. The intermediate sections will then display glaring, colorful creativity involving brilliant virtuosity. At the point of climax, the theme form the Adagio re-appears, this "intermezzo" not only strengthens the structural integrity of the entire work but also adds an amazing dramatic scope to the
The piece starts off with a homophonic texture, followed by several changes in tempo and dynamics. The middle of the piece was mostly very quiet and slow. The piece ended very loudly and intensely with a extremely quick tempo. I have thoroughly enjoy this performance by the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra, conducted by Christian Reif. Every aspect of the performance, from the intonations to the style, was executed flawlessly.
Lopez also included more use of the percussion and brass instruments such as the tuba, trombone, trumpet and horn making the suspense grow. The upper stringed instruments complimented the flute very nicely since they both have that soothing sound. This piece consisted of two different movements. The second part of it was a lot more allegro, upbeat, and energized. It symbolized the eternal love that no one, not even a powerful king, could take away.
“The key gives the viola greater volume and much more brilliant tone, and three of the four viola strings reinforce the tonic, subdominant, and dominant notes of the key … the viola’s prominence is underlined by sheer performance, and the two instruments become true equals for the first time in musical history” (Johnson 33). Another thing that he did was enhance the melody of clarinet, through his Clarinet Trio in C for Viola and Piano, the Clarinet Quintet, and the Clarinet Concerto. He loved the tone and character of the instrument, but through these works, he brought these characteristics out a bit more and “creates an apotheosis of melody, in which one tune seems to flow out of another naturally, spontaneously, organically, as though the melodic material were breeding within the tissue of the work” (Johnson 115). These works aren’t just pieces of
I personally really like Beethoven’s Fifth, and especially the fact that it’s so popular amongst people who wouldn’t say they’re classical music fans. It’s many people’s first introduction to this magical world of beautiful sounds. A rhythm is very identifiable, even if the composer changes all the notes and the harmonies. After doing some research about this piece, I learned the Fifth symphony is in four movements: sonata, andante, scherzo and finale. The music itself is so strikingly dramatic,
Here, Strauss has the wind instruments flutter tongue in order to sound like the whining of the sheep. In this variation, Strauss uses a technique that Arnold Schoenberg called tone color melody. Tone color melody occurs when, “instruments maintain constant pitches and drop in and out of an orchestral texture, creating a melody of tone colors.” This technique is quite successful in transporting the audience into a dream world. Although Strauss’, Don Quixote, doesn’t have a very traditional form, it still follows that of an absolute theme and variations, and there are evident melodies and rhythms that are used to depict certain
Giovanni Vivaldi loved music, and learned to play the violin well enough to join the orchestra of St. Mark’s Basilica, a position he held for the rest of his life. Since Vivaldi became an accomplished violinist, researchers assume that he had excellent fine motor coordination skills and had reasonably high stamina as long as he didn’t need to stand or speak (relating to his chest/breathing problems). While Vivaldi is most famous as a composer, he was regarded as an exceptional technical violinist as
Before anything else, let me take a moment to praise my favorite composer and conductor Joe Hisaishi. Spoiling us with a surrealistic, eargasmic soundtrack I was more than content with it. To get my point across, let's look at and listen to one of the most well-known songs in the soundtrack, 'Merry Go Round of Life'. [IMG=Y9X] [C]A breathtakingly beautiful orchestral score, with a repeating theme that gives you chills. The piece initiating with long-winded adagio, it soon masterfully transitions to swift allegro.
So at a very young age Igor Stravinsky was exposed to music. His great- great grandfather Stanislaw Stravinsky was of polish noble descent. Igor Stravinsky began playing the piano at a very young age, also studying music theory and attempting composition. I will be speaking to you about Igor Stravinsky’s early life, music, and his elder years. As mentioned before Igor Stravinsky was born on the 17th of June.
With some aspects being more present than others yet not knowing that there are other parts of my cultural inheritance that have influenced me more than I may think. Complex parts for each voice that make up a seemingly simple melody. As a violinist, I have deep sentimental feelings about my instrument and what it has done for me over the years. Playing a concerto you are the soloist and the symphony is accompanying you. It does everything it can to help the soloist sound good yet the soloist also needs to stay with the symphony and help cue the other instruments.