Woodwind Concert Report

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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. The first opening piece of the evening was Trio No. 2 in F Major, Op. 83 Allegretto. This piece was originally composed by James Hook between the time of 1786-1832. This musical…show more content…
In this piece, we actually hear two movements. The first movement is allegro moderato followed by the second movement in allegro molto. All of which was played by four musicians, with the following wind instruments: flute, oboe, clarinet, and bassoon. The first movement opens with what I believe is the flute accompanied by the deep sound of the bassoon. Both instruments had a mini solo at the beginning to capture the audience and then they were accompanied by the oboe and clarinet. I might be wrong but, the first movement of this piece seems to be in a heterophonic texture. The variation of sounds among the instruments and the unsteady depiction of a meter seemed odd to my ear but, yet I wanted to keep listening. The piece had a call and response feel to it until the piece transitioned into the second movement. The Allegro molto tone part of this piece was by far the catchy part of the piece because, it started in a swift, quick, and lively tempo which gave it a "peppy" feel. Even though the notes were played faster and in a higher tone, the song started and ended uniformly. The use of trills in this part of the piece honestly made me think of a cartoon character trying to get home in a rush but kept getting distracted. Duet No. 4 in C Major, Op. 2 Presto was the third piece played in the evening. This piece was composed by Joseph Joachim Quantz. This piece was played by two flute…show more content…
The generic name of the piece is Trio, Op. 87 Finale: Presto. This piece was played by three musicians with the following instruments: an oboe, clarinet, and English horn. This piece was fast paced and in a homophonic style. The abrupt silence in between the themes seemed to build a form of climax to the piece. 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. You can hear the elaborated musical ornamentation throughout the piece and the canon technique of both flutes in a major scale. The sound of this piece sounds jolly and yet adventurous with its steady consonant tempo and trills. This by far was one of the shortest pieces that I heard throughout the evening and yet

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