The work was originally written for violin and piano but in 1919 after World War 1 he revised and orchestrated the work. He changed and rewrote the soloist’s part by adding cadenzas without bar lines to imitate the bird song. The violin-piano version was premiered in the year 1920 at Shirehampton, Gloucestershire featuring Marie Hall as the violinist. Within the same year, Vaughan Williams worked with Marie Hall to revised the orchestration and dedicated the work to her. In 1921, the final orchestral version was performed by Marie Hall together with the British Symphony
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
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.
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
Octave passages are used that produce a weighted feeling on the listener, just as it is in the introduction. Low chords are sustain while a melody is played in the upper octave throughout this section. The B section ends with a tonicizations of different new minor keys. The A section is repeated again in what feels like a major key with deceiving minor tonicizations. This section is much shorter.
By the time the strings started playing I fell in love with this piece of music. Noting mentally that the French horns also had a solo accompanied by the clarinets I could see that much of this piece’s instruments gave an endearing performance that not only enticed me but most of the audience as well. As I looked around the room I noticed everyone’s heads moving back and forth swaying with the melody of the music. I could just imagine being in a Christmas movie, ice skating, and tasting the soft taste of snow while I skate around and feel the winter breeze against my cheeks. And although, this was the last piece of the night, I wanted that moment to last a little bit longer.
In the final movement Allegro molto, the piano performs agile quickness, and the string melodies intertwine with each other, then merge in strong accord. These flashes of simplicity are not expressed as musical outcomes, but rather emerge naturally from the piece 's vivid lines. It delivers its statement through coaxing rather than by the strength of
Toccata for clavier in E minor BWV 914 J.S. Bach (1685-1750) Slow (no specific tempo indication) Un poco Allegro Adagio Allegro Johann Sebastian Bach (1685 - 1750) is born in Eisenach Germany. He skilled in violin, organ and harpsichord. And he also composed lots of famous works such as Mass in B minor, Brandenburg concertos and The Well-Tempered Clavier etc. Bach was claimed “the Father of music” Toccata means ‘to touch’, generally for keyboard instruments.
Even though some of the compositions were written slightly earlier and later revised, it was in Kothen that Bach’s sonatas for violin and clavier, sonatas for viola da gamba, and works for unaccompanied violin and cello were most likely put into their present form. The Brandenburg Concertos were completed by 721, and in the sixth concerto, Bach kept in mind the Prince’s technical limitations on the viola da gamba. Bach chose to play the viola as he preferred to be “in the middle” of the harmony. He also composed numerous cantatas for the Prince’s birthday as well as other occasions – most of these cantatas survived only in later versions and have been adapted since. (Emery & Marshall,
Commissioned by bandleader Paul Whiteman, the composition was orchestrated by Ferde Grofé many times. The piece received its show in the concert, An Experiment in Modern Music which was held on February 12, 1924, in Aeolian Hall, New York, by Whiteman and his band, with Gershwin playing the piano. After the great success of an experimental classical-jazz concert held with singer Eva Gauthier at Aeolian Hall on November 1, 1923, band leader Paul Whiteman decided to attempt something more exciting. He asked Gershwin to add a concerto-like piece for an all-jazz concert he would give in Aeolian Hall on February 1924. The song itself had no words, it starts soft, then gets loud, then keeps rotating between the two.
George Walker was a successful man. He conducted, wrote, and played a part in many different pieces of music in his day and age. In November of 1945, Walker played in the third piano concerto by Rachmaninoff along with the Philadelphia Orchestra and Eugene Ormandy, the music director and conductor of the Philadelphia Orchestra. Walker then went on to conduct his String Quartet No. 1and Lyric for Strings in 1946.