Mystery Piece 3: Piano Concerto Of all the mystery pieces, I found the third to be the most entertaining and most musically rich. The piece contains many instruments, dynamics, and themes that have been featured throughout the course. While it is apparent that there are multiple inspirations from classical western art music, there are some very Americans and new ideas contained in the piece. For starters, the main instrument featured is none other than the piano. This isn’t a surprise, as Americans loved the unique and practical sound of the piano throughout musical history and these piece is no different. In addition, there is a full orchestra behind the keyboard. Thought the piece, the orchestra plays many roles. Sometimes they play all …show more content…
Since the piece is so long, there are many themes and section s that are displayed. That being said, there are some common tones and groupings that repeat themselves. One key featured the piece uses is ritornellos and episodes. At first, this piece might not seem like a concerto, especially compared to those typical of western art music. The solo voice isn’t at all like the ones found in concertos like Vivaldi or Bach. There is much more expression in this modern piece of American music, but at the same time it follows the concerto mold perfectly. There are contrasting sections followed by the orchestra playing all their force, …show more content…
The entire overarching themes of this piece are very playful. You here this a lot in the use of percussion. Percussion in classical style music, especially instruments like the triangle, xylophone, and tambourine are usually associated with playful moods and atmospheres. Since this piece has many small percussion sections, one could infer this piece might be of playful nature. But at the same time, there are regal and grand piano episodes that signify that the piece still is meant to depict grander and more important things along the way. While this is just my guess and own opinion, I associate this piece with the
She has composed small pieces of compositions for instruments that are uncommon. Some instruments include the trombone, oboe, bassoon, horn, and more wind and horn instruments. She has also composed group concertos for two pianos but has also composed solo concertos for violins, pianos, and horns. The composer has many larger formatted compositions too.
Symphony Fantastique commentary- March to the Scaffold. This movement comes at the point in the piece where thee hero (most likely Berlioz) believes that although he has fallen in love with a captivatingly beautiful woman, he is convinced that it is an unrequited love. As a reaction to this, the hero poisons himself with opium to commit suicide.
It also stuck out to me how in the end the classical work used the repetitive sounding of the trumpets in somewhat spaced-out intervals to help capture this idea of great accomplishment or triumph. The overall feeling of the piece was that it did not have any movement conveyed in it but that more so on the contrary that it seemed to give a message of standing strong and firm like an unmovable
The English horn gave this piece so much character appropriate for the era it was composed. Throughout the piece, I like the way the English horn was the foundation of the piece and with accompaniment and response of flute and oboe made everything flow together so euphorically. The sixth piece of the evening was Canonic Sonata No. 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.
Bach-Brahm Project Concert No.1 Did you know that Joel Schoenhals, Professor of piano at Eastern Michigan University, is a foreign expert at Central China Normal University in Wuhan, Hubei, China? I was able to attend his Bach-Brahm Project Concert on September 23rd in Pease Auditorium at Eastern Michigan University, not only to enjoy the music, but to hear and understand the piano in different major and minor keys on a professional level. It mainly focused on him playing the piano and gave really interesting facts about piano music history. In this paper, I will be discussing what the different major and minor keys signify for each different mood, the two main composers Joel Schoenhals played, and how this event relates to my UNIV and speech class. I had intermediate knowledge going into this event because I was a former aristocrat in high school and had to listen and perform in different major keys.
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 whole orchestra had more active roles and a polyphonic texture. Together they made a beautiful
The same themes and chords cycle in this piece. The chords and continuous chorus do not sound like piano performance. The listeners could be aware of the resonance of the piano. I could notice that the music reaches the end of the work. However, the song could go on moreover, if the composer would keep playing the music.
This piece has three movements, Allegro moderato, Adagio di molto, and Allegro ma non tanto. This piece starts off with a slow and expressive solo by the soloist, Alexi Kenney. The change in dynamics, the use of vibrato, and other techniques enhanced his solo. The orchestra then plays with a homophonic texture with some tempo changes. A few fast solos and a few slow ones followed.
It also repeats a lot making the relatively short piece on paper last longer. The dynamics stay mostly the same and the tempo does not change. The Third part, Farewell, Dundee is in 6/8 time and again start with the drums and then the flutes join in. This part also repeats a lot. The main melody is by the flutes.
This idea was an interesting start, because it caught the audience’s attention to really listen to what was going to happen next. Then the song, went into a lighter more atmospheric section, where there were many crescendos and decrescendos. The instruments in the piece included the chimes, maracas, timpani,
1. The Swan Lake music is amazing. Starts with subtle low tones and then continues alternating them with impactful sounds using percussion and brass instruments by the orchestra. Another aspect I noticed is that in some moments the music is very slow and suddenly changes becoming faster showing different speeds. The music in Swan Lake is dramatic, is telling a story by following a sequence without saying a word.
Music has been around since the beginning of time. People use it for entertainment, expression, and a form of art. When thinking about classical music (and music in general) the one person that comes to mind is Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. This paper will go into depth of the cultural significance and meaning of one of Mozart’s most famous pieces, Eine Kleine Nachtmusik. Mozart’s music was considered to be commercial theatrical and a form of cinematic exploitation, bringing different elements to music that the people have never heard before in the classical era.
First of all, the piece is quite interesting as a prelude – an introductory piece of music as it start off with dynamic and vibrant sounds that include the whole ensemble. This piece is structured as a three-part or ternary form which consists of ABA’ form. The idea of this piece is mainly act as an introductory of a story because this piece is only an excerpt from a bigger orchestral performance. From what I have heard, the solo performance is mainly comprise of the woodwind instruments in part B that indicated the slight sign of relief and calmness. The piece has a lot of variation where the composer include different timbres and dynamics such as the high dynamic structure during the first and the last part with the associating crashes of cymbals.