His career as a composer can be divided into three main sections: (1) Early years where he discovered and included elements of English folk songs and carols into his music, (2) The outbreak of World War 1, he changed his compositional style and completed his symphony no.3 (Pastoral) where he got his inspirations serving as lieutenant during the war. (3) In his late years, he composed film music which displayed his renewed interest in harmonies and instrumentation. The Lark Ascending was written in 1914. The title came from the poem by George Meredith.
They were derived from: the suite; sonata and concerto grosso; Italian overtures, the “sinfonias”, that were played in the beginning of Italian opera. The “sinfonia” is also the origin of the term “symphony” (The Early History of the Symphony: Origins and Evoloving structure, 2013). The first symphonies were played by smaller orchestras consisting of twenty-five to thirty people; they were shorter in length – the duration generally lasting up to ten to twenty minutes; and they consisted of three movements. The three movements generally followed the form of “fast – slow- fast”. The first movement was generally referred to as “allegro”, the second movement “andante”, and the third and last movement was generally a dance e.g. minuet or a gigue.
In the Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3 Movement 4, the use of theme and variation is also present. There are ten variations throughout the whole movement that are developed based on the main theme. The last section of the movement is the exact same repetition of the beginning section, which unifies the piece as a whole. Below are examples of the first four variations in the piece: The first theme is introduced in measure 12 in pizzicato by the strings. It is in an 8th measure phrasing.
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.
There was a musical performance of one of the premiere American saxophone quartets, The Amethyst Quartet, on Monday, November 13th at 7:30 p.m. in the Music Concert Hall at San Jose State University. I was so excited because this is my first time that I attended a classical concert that only played by saxophones. There were four different types of saxophones being played, which included a soprano, an alto, a baritone and a bass saxophone. The program contained the Partita IV in D major, BWV 828, the Songs for the Coming Day, the Cerulean and the Andante et Scherzetto.
Bob Jones University Woodwind Ensemble: Concert Report One On Wednesday, March 14, 2018, I attended the Woodwind Ensembles that was held at Bob Jones University. There was a total of nine well-performed pieces from the students that sounded very pleasant and harmonious to the ear. The woodwind ensemble consisted of various types of wind instruments such as the flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, English horn, bass clarinet, bass flute, alto flute, and piccolo. The transition from one piece to another was smooth with good variations of tempos, meters, style, and movements.
Quite obviously of the concerto genre, it is a very popular violin concerto and an important part of the violin repertoire. The concerto was written as a result of his friendship with his orchestra’s concertmaster, Ferdinand David, who had inspired Mendelssohn. The piece was therefore essentially written for David, him being the soloist at its premiere. The concerto is structured in three movements, each of which is in a different form. The first movement begins in sonata form, the second movement is in ternary form and the third movement is in sonata form.
Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 in F major, BWV 1047 The instruments heard throughout the concerto are violins, violas, a cello, a bass, an oboe, a recorder, a keyed trumpet, and a harpsichord. The first movement begins at a quick tempo. Sixteenth notes are played constantly and are passed around the different instruments. Throughout the sixteenth not passages or mordents and other embellishments.
Haydn’s Symphony No. 100 in G major came in one of those ups and downs mentioned earlier. But out of that tough time, Haydn’s Symphony 100 “enjoyed a career-high success. His Military Symphony was the 1794 season’s third and final premiere… “The audience demanded an encore after the second movement, which introduced ‘Turkish’ instruments previously only heard in the Opera House” Haydn’s Symphony is a loud robust piece. It is amazing.
Beethoven’s works can be divided into three periods, Sonata in C minor (Pathétique) belongs to his early period. It is one of a dedication to his principal patron - Prince Karl Von Lichnowsky during Beethoven was residing in Vienna in his early years. Although the Pathétique Sonata is likely listed into the Classical period in the technical aspect, it consists lots of romantic elements as well. Additionally, Beethoven has high admired to Mozart. It is believed that Mozart’s K. 475 piano sonata inspired Beethoven a lot.
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.