It appeared late in what scholars define as the first period of Beethoven's career, just a year or two before the crisis brought about by his gradual loss of hearing. By the mid-1790s, Beethoven had tried most of the important instrumental genres, save for symphony and string quartet. Those were the pieces in which his teacher Haydn had made his greatest mark and enjoyed his most significant successes. When Beethoven did come forward with his first symphonies, he built on the achievements of Haydn and Mozart while not hiding his debt to them. Contemporaries reacted to the work of Beethoven by using the word "masterpiece" repeatedly and praising its "originality."
Tchaikovsky worked on this piece for only six weeks. After it was done Tchaikovsky was not fond of the work and was not enthusiastic when working on it. He thought the piece was "very loud and noisy" (Lampson, 1996). Although Tchaikovsky did not like the piece that he wrote, it has become one of his most recognized and famous works. Tchaikovsky’s, 1812 Overture, starts out with a soft dynamic giving the feeling of peaceful, almost sleepy, feeling to the piece.
There is a perfect cadence (chord V to I) at bar 4 followed by ornamentation over a dominant 7th chord in a septuplet figuration incorporating an acciaccatura (crushed note). Chopin also uses an ominous crotchet tread in this piece towards to end of the A section in order to create a feeling of dread or anticipation. Chopin’s piano music is a perfect example of the Romantic ideal for expressing the poetic feelings and emotions through the medium of sound. He uses long lyrical melodies (see the whole of the A section, most prominently in bars 12-16, and bars 79-80) to convey these emotions, as well as arpeggios in bars 14, 16 and 18. There are also broken chord accompaniments, and a falling motif in bar 1 which help convey the mood.
Beethoven’s Middle Period and the Third Symphony, “Eroica” Beethoven’s “Heiligenstadt Testament” is a letter written to his brothers, Carl and Johann. It is a rare, first-hand glimpse at his personal struggles with deafness, thoughts of suicide, and his eagerness to fulfill his “calling” as a composer before his death. This document sets off the portion of his work that is known as the middle or “heroic” period. Beethoven penned this testament in 1802, the same year he began work on his Third Symphony, “Eroica.” Beethoven’s emotional state at the writing of this document was a direct result of his affliction. In this depressed state, he states that his desire to produce “all that [he] felt called upon [him] to produce,” was the only thing that kept him from ending his life.
The movement opens with a dark melody in the bass, followed by a soft flowing melody. The music speeds up and intensifies, leading into energetic and stormy melody. Then, a waltzing and dance-like theme begins, growing livelier. The development follows, based on the first theme, but with thundering basses and in a massive tempest combined with moments of calm. The piece ends with an energetic close, dropping back down back into a dark melody as the storm passes.
Chopin uses ternary structure in the Raindrop prelude, which is a typical structure in Romantic music. It consists of the first section to the second section then back to the first section. Section A starts from bar 1 to bar 27 and section B is from bar 28 to bar 75, showing that section A is shorter. In section A, the melody is long and heard several times, while in section B, a new melody is heard mainly in the bass. The melody is played in the right hand in section A and moves to the left in section B.
Mr. Williams started out the first movement witth the rasgueado technique. After a few measures, the orchestra joined in. There are some meter changes between 6/8 and 3/4, which Mr. Williams and the orchestra could execute smoothly with great charm. Moreover, Mr. Williams also carried out the fast challenging scale with unparalleled precision – not even one mistake was heard. Although guitar is a soft-sounding instrument, with help of amplification, the balance between the orchestra and the soloist was fantastic.
Ludwig van Beethoven was a German composer and pianist and lived from (1770-1827) mostly in the “Classical Period” (1750-1820). Beethoven was born in Bonn, Germany and started playing the piano at an early age and by the age of twelve he had several piano compositions published. By the age of 22 he left Bonn, Germany amid rumors of war coming from France to study with Joseph Hayden a very prominent composer in Vienna and shortly after he arrived he learned his father died. His works include 9 symphonies, 5 concertos for piano, 32 piano sonatas, and 16 string quartets. The second movement of Beethoven’s symphony No.
The rhythm and tempo become over the top and in my opinion, it goes from amazing piano work to what seems to just be noise. The Island track wasn’t so bad and I really enjoyed the overall texture of this song. His music again becomes far too erratic when the Rubric track begins to play and I just couldn’t get into it. Even though I didn’t much like this selection, I can appreciate the work and dedication it takes to compose this
Bourrée Johann Sebastian Bach Bourree was written by J.S. Bach who was born on 21st March 1685 and died on 28 July 1750 which was when the Baroque period ended and the Classical period started. Bach was a German composer, organist, harpsichordist, violist, and violinist who wrote pieces for orchestras, soloists and choirs. He is one of the most famous composers in history and wrote many famous pieces such as Toccata and Fugue in D minor for Organ and the Brandenburg Concertos. The piece Bourree is a movement from the Suite in E minor originally written for Lute which is one of seven suites.