Strauss’ music was programmatic and because of this, it was in opposition to the ideas set forth by Hanslick. Don Quixote is a tone poem about a hero, Don Quixote, who envisions himself a knight in the days of nobility. The music closely follows and mimics the thoughts and actions of Don Quixote. There are two main themes in this piece, the first one represents Don Quixote and the second is the servant, Sancho Panza. Quixote’s theme is first presented in the solo cello part and is soon joined by solo violin and English horn.
Symphonies were traditionally composed for orchestras and were structurally divided into several major sections that were each written to exhibit their own unique characteristics (Forney et al. 2015). A key feature of the classical-era symphony was that it brought music into the public sphere (Cuyler 1995). Whereas previous genres of music relied heavily on the church to provide performance space, the classical symphony allowed for the general public to attend concerts in open performance halls (Cuyler 1995). The fact that music became more accessible to the general public could possibly be an additional reflection of the emerging philosophical ideas of Beethoven’s time that promoted social change and emphasized freedom of thought.
Hector Berlioz (1803-1869) was one of the most well-known composers of the romantic period. In 1826, he enrolled as a student at the Conservatoire de musique et de declamation in Paris, where he began his musical journey. At this conservatory, he proceeded to create some of his most famous compositions such as his Symphonie Fantastique (Samson, 2007: ). This renowned composition was dedicated to Harriet Smithson, whom he later got married to. The program of the Symphonie Fantastique concerns Berlioz who, unhappy in love swallowed an overdose of opium, where he survived the powerful drug, but in his hallucination experiences he has impassioned dreams of the Shakespearian actress Harriet Smithson.
Mozart, however, changed the mold. He incorporated an emotional side into his works and emphasized music based off of sound, notes, tone, and pitch as a form of art outside of religion (Brown 55). Music became more broad and open to all. In addition, Mozart had extraordinary performance skills thus, leading to his honor as an embodiment of classical movement (53). “Despite Mozart’s uncouthness and immaturity, he produced one work after another that seemed divinely sponsored as they transcended his own personality.
Romeo and Juliet Compare and Contrast Although Romeo and Juliet grew up in two different households meant to hate each other from the day of their birth, these two star crossed lovers find each other in a different light. In the play The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet By William Shakespeare, Romeo being a Montague and Juliet being a Capulet were born into this family feud. The two of them fall in love at a party where Romeo was out looking for the original girl he was in love with, Rosaline, and Juliet was there to meet her future husband Paris. With love playing a huge part in this play, it's concluded that Romeo and Juliet are both a Eros kind of lover. In the play Juliet is a eros type of lover because she puts love as the number one priority which most eros lovers tend to do.
Baroque music is a category of European Classical music and is recognized for ornamentation added to long melodic lines, the addition and use of harpsichord and basso continuos. Another was the development of counterpoint, which is when two or more melodies are combined that contrast with each other (Tollervey, Nicholas H.). Bach is well known for his use of counterpoint and fugue. ("Baroque Orchestral Music."). During this time period, musical components such
Clair de Lune, creates a dreamlike and soothing atmosphere that has become one of the most treasured classical pieces of all time. It has thrived through the years and has been incorporated in film soundtracks such as Oceans Eleven and Atonement. Claude Debussy was known as an impressionist. He valued symbolism and maintained a sense of detached observation in his music, not expressing deeply felt emotion or storylines as in the Romantic style. The right of spring is a ballet and orchestral concert work by the Russian composer Igor Stravinsky.
“In stiller Nacht” is the first song of the second volume and the most popular. Brahms scholars long believed that Brahms composed the melody himself. However, recent research has revealed that he learned the melody in the late 1850s from Friedrich Wilhelm Arnold, an editor of medieval and Renaissance music, collector and arranger of folk songs, and publisher of recent music by Robert Schumann and others. Although the text of “In stiller Nacht” appears to be secular, it is actually based on “Trawer-Gesang von der Noth Christi am Oelberg in dem Garten” (“Song of Mourning over the Distress of Christ in the Garden on the Mount of Olives”) by the Jesuit poet Friedrich Spee (1591-1635). The poem was first published in 1635 and included in
He chose to make a ballet blanc, which he composed for a refined instrumental force, manifested as a string orchestra of 34 instrumentalists: 8 first violins, 8 second violins, 6 violas, 4 first cellos, 4 second cellos and 4 double basses • Stravinsky had centered Apollo music in Greek mythology. • The prologue begins with dotted rhythms in the style of a French overture. • 1st Celliopes is a dramatic piece( muse of poetry – tablet) • 2nd polhymnia is a playful piece ( muse of acting and mime – mask) • 3rd Terpsichore is suble( muse of singing and dancing –lyre) • Apollo has got strong accentuations like a god power Lightning: • Original lighting designed by Ronald Bates • White light is equally distributed across the
There have been so many incredible instrumentalists, composers and theorists that have left marks that influence people and the music that is produced still to this day. Johann Sebastian Bach can be considered one of these composers and is one of the greatest composers of Western musical history. Some of Bach’s musical compositions still inspire and survive, in fact there is more than a thousand that are still around. Some examples of Bach’s pieces could be: Art of the Fugue, Brandenburg Concerti, the Goldberg Variations of Harpsichord, and the Mass in B-Minor. Bach has even influenced many notable composers such as Mozart and Beethoven.