Quixote’s theme is first presented in the solo cello part and is soon joined by solo violin and English horn. The second theme is first found in the bass clarinet and tenor tuba. The themes are said to mimic the voices and feelings of the two characters. The piece doesn’t always have a clear-cut form, but it uses elements of concerto and variations. The first theme can we heard in the form of windmills as seen in measure 60-78.
III) RECAPITULATION • In the recapitulation, much of the earlier music returns, with the exception of some passages that are omitted. • What happens in this particular Symphony during the recapitulation regarding the second theme is unique. Starting now in D Major, the second theme suddenly slips back into the expected tonic key in various sections (E.g. Bar 156) and then it even moves to the relative minor, as opposed to the -expected- parallel minor, rendering it rather peculiar in terms of tonal relations. • Following the full exposition of the second theme group, Brahms drives the movement to its conclusion through an extensive Coda, where the main theme together with its ‘complimentary’ motto-phrase, is given an immensely passionate utterance, until peacefully ending in F Major later.
While the piano creates the counter melody, the voices are starting to be heard in the background. Music is gradually abating leaving the elements from introduction behind, therefore we are recalling the general theme where the harmony was strong standing and the tempo was moderated. The theme ends with a slow organ’s harmonic riff which also represents the beginning of the third theme. Theme C (section C); kao crkveno pjevanje 3 refrena mezzo,sopr,alt,tenor,bass The third section is known as Mother Fore
The piece begins to differ more significantly after the break following the third repetition of the A melody when the piece modulates down a half step instead of up like in the original (1:37). This fourth instance of the A melody is otherwise played the same as in “The Raiders March” until the last two bars, where it immediately jumps into what was the coda of the original piece (1:53). Here, the coda acts as a musical break between the A melody and a new C melody, which is really just the A melody of “Marion’s Theme”. As the strings transition between the two parts at (2:05), one can notice that this version of “Marion’s Theme” differs significantly than the original, most notably in its instrumentation. Here, the horn plays the melody while string ensemble plays harmony for the first six bars (2:09).
Ironically, the piece ends not with the full orchestra, but with the woodwinds alone. So ends the glorious New World Symphony! My favorite part of the piece was in movement two, section B. That was when the violins supported the clarinets with theme two. It was the closest thing to a solo with the violins that you could get.
Rich string orchestra sonorities with the melodies given by first and second violins playing at octave. A stormy scale breaks this round continuity and leads us to a flourishing Cadenza which will steadily go and settle down to connect with the Rondo to follow. Finale: Allegro vivace The lengthiest movement of the sonata, it draws with equal freedom from the Sonata-Allegro and Rondo forms. One may even say that it fulfills the function of the "missing" (traditional) Sonata first movement. It assumes the role of the "gravity center" of the entire work.
The title “Marche Diabolique” specifically the March part indicates towards a march style piece. Balmages borrows elements from concert marches and puts them in a contemporary framework. Balmages also uses the Tritone. He surrounds the Tritone with spooky harmonic language. The piece is loosely based on A B A form but with a big finale right before the end rolls around.
Nowhere a solid V - I (dominant - tonic) evolution is seen during that first exposition of the main theme. The 24 bars long repeating pedal note D on the bass, acting sometimes as the tonic root and at other times as root of dominant to G major creates an enchanting and unique atmosphere. One other beautiful second theme starting at F-sharp minor evolves towards A major. This theme is also set up in a very particular arrangement. It is fully orchestral the melody is conveyed with both hands at two octaves distance filled with tremolos all figuring a strings orchestra setting with first violins and cellos at the cantabile part and second violins and altos "filling
A few fast solos and a few slow ones followed. The last piece of the performance was Symphony No. 6 in B minor, Opus 54, written by Dmitri Shostakovich. This piece also has three movements, and they are Largo, Allegro, and Presto. The piece starts off with a homophonic texture, followed by several changes in tempo and dynamics.
There were many musical elements heard throughout these pieces and it was interesting to hear how they varied in each song and suite. In Intermezzo, it began with a quieter violin solo melody creating a monophonic texture. Soon after, it became accompanied by the other violins and cellos, then the full ensemble came in creating a moderate, flowing melody at about mezzo forte and switching to a polyphonic texture. Next, there was a harp solo at forte with many crescendos and decrescendos. The full ensemble enters again raising the dynamics to forte before decrescendoing and slowing down to end with a held note and final tone.
Once again the vocal concert was made up of a broad range of students with different backgrounds and educational goals. The University Chorale pieces are from classical contemporary composers. The Cantate Domino by Ivo Antognini explores rhythm and texture as it weaves through various time signatures revealing the 7 gifts of the Holy Spirit. Afternoon on a Hill by Eric William Barnim is a contemporary chorale writing based off of the lyrical poem by Edna St. Vincent Millay. Desde Lo Hondo by Farncisco J Nunez is a duality of penance, the struggle of life and death, either give up or reconcile.