His musical output at this point was influenced greatly by Joseph Haydn and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, and while he wrote original music, he still searched for his own style. Some of the best examples of some of his early period works are his first six string quartets and showed his conceptual mastery of the classical string quartet as first developed by the likes of Haydn and Mozart. (Winter & Martin pg. 1-20) His middle period string quartets (Razumovsky Quartets) showed a more emotional side of Beethoven’s life. These quartets were written during the
In 1708, Bach became a court organist in Weimar. He stayed for nine years, but left when he was passed over for promotion. Bach obviously had annoyed the duke of Weimar, so he was put in jail for a month. Bach soon became the court conductor for the prince of Cothen. From 1717 to 1723, Bach continued to compose music for this small orchestra.
He started his career when he was hired by the Esterhazy family, giving him the chance to write and compose symphonies and conduct orchestras. Also known as the Father of the Symphony or String Quartet, he invented the idea of sonatas (History Reference Center 1). His best known piece, the Emperor Quartet, was so well written that it was the national anthem of Austria until the end of World War I. without the guidance of the Esterhazy family and the chance to write and compose, Haydn’s career would not have been as influencing. Haydn was an ideal man of the Enlightenment. He had a great sense of humor, and loved playing jokes on his friends.
Vivaldi was progressive musically. He established the concerto form as an instrumental standard, played with the idea that the soloist was at war with the larger orchestra and using the contrasts to dramatic effect, not only between players but in speed and volume levels as well, and he pushed the envelope on violin technique, something in which he probably remained untouched. His usual writing style was antiphony, a simple style, which allowed him to experiment with instrument solos and maintain a light and innocent texture to the music. Vivaldi was one of the rare Italian composers interested in woodwind instruments. He composed several concertos for the bassoon, oboe, recorder and flute, as well as the rarer clarinet.
Both musical performers incorporated unique musical elements such as melody, harmony rhythm to mention a few. Lowell Lieberman performance was very captivating through his exhibition of passion throughout his musical circles. Throughout his musical performance, Liebermann makes imaginative use of rich and varied harmonic rhythm. His performance shows a classical theme from the beginning to the end. The mood in Lieberman music made the entire room gloomy whiles the melodic lines made the room flowing, the rich harmonies in his music made the room surprisingly striking.
Occasionally, composer simply borrowed popular tunes, but more often, they wrote original themes with a popular character. Classical melodies often sound balanced and symmetrical because they are frequently made up of two phrases of the same length. The second phrase, in such melodies, may begin like the first, but it will end more conclusively and it will be easier to sing. Dynamics and the piano - The Classical composers' interest in expressing shades of emotion led to the widespread use of gradual dynamic change - crescendo (gradually getting louder) and diminuendo ( gradually getting softer). The end of basso continuo - The basso continuo was gradually abandoned during the classical period.
New York City Ballet George Balanchine was born in 1904 and was raised in St. Petersburg. As the son of a composer, Balanchine’s piano study began at the age of five. After graduating from the Imperial Ballet School in 1921, Balanchine enrolled at the state’s Conservatory of Music where he studied piano and musical theory. Balanchine’s musical background gave him an advantage over other choreographers because he more fully understood the music he was dancing to (“Biography”). The first time George Balanchine danced was as a cupid in the Maryinsky Theatre Ballet Company Production of The Sleeping Beauty, his favorite ballet (“George Balanchine”).
In 1801 Beethoven started loosing his hearing. They are not sure of the cause of his deafness but it has been said to be from syphilis, lead poisoning, or typhus. His hearing problem troubled him his whole life and greatly affected his music. At one time in his life he became severely depressed and in 1802 he left Vienna and moved to Heiligenstadt where he continued composing. In 1811 Beethoven performed his own Piano Concerto No.
His influence upon later composers is immeasurable; Haydn's most illustrious pupil, Beethoven, was the direct beneficiary of the elder master's musical imagination, and Haydn's shadow lurks within (and sometimes looms over) the music of composers like Schubert, Mendelssohn, and Brahms. Franz Joseph Haydn is the composer who, more than any other,
Music did evolve and change, but boundaries were never pushed to the point of where it invoked powerful emotions in the audiences it was played to. One of the most significant people to cross this boundary was Igor Stravinsky, with his opera The Rite of Spring. This work caused outrage and nearly a riot when it was first performed in 1913- mainly because it was completely different to anything that had been heard before. It experimented heavily with changing metre, dissonance and various changes in tonality that were unheard of at the time. With this being the beginning of the 20th century, it marked a turning point in music where composers could experiment with radical new ideas and techniques instead of