Zhang Zhou Yaodong Professor Greg Peterson Classical styles and romantic spirits 2 November 2016 Richard Strauss Violin Sonata Richard Strauss (1864-1949), was a leading German composer and conductor. His orchestral compositions and operas have made him one of the best known composers of the late Romantic and early modern eras. While Strauss did not pay much attention to his chamber music in his later life, in earlier years he tried to compose several different types of chamber works such as a string quartet, two piano trios, a piano quartet and several instrumental sonatas. Now I will introduce his last work of chamber music, the violin sonata. At the age of 23, Strauss composed
From research I have learned a lot about the background of this piece and about Haydn himself. Joseph Haydn wrote music for patron Nikolaus Esterhazy but also wrote pieces and works for sale to the general public. He composed six quartets of Op.33 in the summer and autumn of 1781 for the Viennese publisher Artaria. Haydn said in a letter to Artaria that the quartets were ‘a new and entirely special kind’. A new feature that Haydn included in this quartet was naming the minuet movement in each quartet Scherzo meaning ‘joke’ in Italian.
The length of this movement itself (691 measures) is as long as a whole symphony in the previous generation and it is what made this movement ‘heroic’. Beethoven treated the main melody in this movement like a character in a drama. Beethoven started an unusual trend in the exposition by letting the cello play the pastoral theme which outlines an E-flat major triad. The triple meter is another bizarre trait, yet when it’s combined with the tempo of this movement; it reminds the listener of Deutsche peasant dance. The primary theme (see fig.
He gave up studying law to take on a career as a virtuoso pianist, but a hand injury prevented him to pursue his dream to become the finest pianist in Europe. He then invested all his time and effort to compose. Schumann at first composed solely for piano until 1840, after which he composed for piano and orchestra in his later years. His works included: four symphonies, many Lieder, an opera, concerto and other choral, chamber and orchestral works. Schumann 's remarkable skill to express delicate and profound emotions is evident in works such as his collection of short piano pieces, Phantasiestücke (Fantastic Pieces) and in the song cycle Dichterliebe.
The Tchaikovsky violin concerto is extremely popular and devilishly difficult to play thus carry the label as the pinnacle of the performance career. Tchaikovsky began his violin concerto in March 1878 and completed it on April 11.Tchaikovsky’s violin concerto was greatly affected by violinist Yosif Kotek during the compositional process. Kotek works with Tchaikovsky in the earlier stages of composition and there is also evidence to suggest that Kotek was the inspiration for the conception of the piece. It sprung in desperation but burst in fame. It is packed with Tchaikovsky’s typically exciting Russian tunes and explosive violin stunts.
Romanticism is the movement in the arts and literature emphasizing inspiration, subjectivity, and the primacy of the individual. This idea originated in the late 18th century, featuring composers such as Felix Mendelssohn, Richard Wagner, Franz Liszt, and Frederic Chopin. In the current 21st century, original classical-styled composition is difficult to discover. These days, unique instrumental music is found movie scores and soundtracks. Some renowned film score composers include Hans Zimmer (The Pirates of the Caribbean), James Howard Newton (The Hunger Games), and John Williams (Star Wars).
Song Title: So What Artist: Miles Davis (Music writer) The music starts with Piano sound and little bit guitar sound in the background. Then these both sounds are overtaken by dramatic start of saxophone music. Saxophone melody is the major melody in this composition and it is the melody which is questioning or exclaiming “So what”. The music picks up speed with the engagement of all three type of instruments. After 5 minutes piano music takes over as major music.
The Poem for Flute and Orchestra (1918) originally written for Georges Barrère demands high lyrical virtuosity from the performer. Technical aspects of performance all should serve to interpret the lyrical characteristic of the piece. Poem was first performed on November 16, 1919 by the New York Symphony Orchestra conducted by Walter Damrosch with Georges Barrère as the flute soloist. The atmospheric opening is heard as a refrain throughout the work, there are sections of dense chromatic language, polymetric dance, and enlivening technique. Henri Dutilleux, Sonatine for Flute and Piano Henri Dutilleux (1916–2013) French composer was appointed professor of composition at the École Normale de Musique in 1961, and at Paris conservatoire in 1970.
Evocative of much of the work he composed during his younger years Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Symphony No. 29 is a testament to his genius and mastery of classical musical forms. Written when he was just eighteen years old the composition is a concise and peculiar example of classical Sonata form. Instead of having an introduction before the exposition Mozart ops to present the primary theme of the piece’s Allegro movement at the start of the first downbeat. Exceptionally melodic the primary theme of the movement start with an authoritative leap of an octave in the violins.
Before the French took over Vienna, Austria is probably when Beethoven began composing the Emperor. This concerto is considered “regal, imperial even”. This is exactly how Beethoven though of Napoleon, as well as himself. He saw both Napoleon and himself as “equally great, equally commanding”. John Clubbe describes perfectly in his article entitled “The Creative Rivalry with Beethoven and Napoleon” how the piano and interpretations relate back to Napoleon and his opinion of him: “WIth a courage and heroism of soul equal to Napoleon’s and with his chosen instrument, the piano, as protagonist, he would take the field against the Emperor.
Mimi Dye performed Harold in Italy, Symphony in Four Parts with Viola Obbligato, Op.16 by Hector Berlioz. A famous violinist wants Berlioz to write a concerto to enable him to show off his new instrument, and then Berlioz began writing “a solo for viola, but one which involved the orchestra in such way as not to reduce the effectiveness of the orchestral composition.” There are four movements in this symphony. The first one is titled “Harold in the mountains”. With low-pitch sound and short duration provided by horns, cellos, and trombones, the music creates a deep melody, from which I can image that someone is trying to escape in nature. After that, there is a peaceful and gentle viola solo performance.The music makes me image that the one who escapes in nature see some beautiful senses, which makes him stop running.