While each group showed differences in musical style, they all displayed great skill and magnificence in their compositions. My favorite piece in the concert was “God Bless the Child” by Billie Holiday and Arthur Herzog, Jr. This piece was performed by the Strickland Quintet and consisted of a tenor saxophone, piano, guitar, drums, and bass. Unlike the previous fast paced pieces performed by this quintet, this piece started off with a slow, adagio, tempo. From the beginning, the performance caught the listener’s ear, as the saxophone played lead, followed by a soft hormonal background from the other instruments.
In fact, the smoother, more complex progressions classical pianist composed are known to sharpen the mind, increase focus, and encourage a more introspective train of thought. Classical music is much more intricate than modern pop music. Classical music is known to have a relaxing effect. The smooth tones and rhythms allow a person somehow enhance cerebral skills enable a person to concentrate more, the “Mozart effect”. Many people choose to play classical music as they study or do work because they believe it increases their productivity.
They may contrast moods within movements and also within themes (Pg. 302).” The piano took the place of the harpsichord during the classical era and was favored by the composers of the time. Mood plays a big part of Classical music with its fluctuation of movement within each piece of music. Classical music is said to have five basic characteristics according to Sporre (2013), “1. Variety and contrast in mood, 2.
The second movement is slower, taking into consideration that the soloist plays a legato melody that is accompanied by other stringed instruments. It keeps this melody throughout the entire movement. This movement ends with one major chord, thus differing from the first one which is in minor chord. The final movement returns to the soloist who is accompanied by the ensemble. It has a faster tempo than the second movement and a little faster tempo than the first one.
Symphony of Winds and Percussion This was my first time attending classical musical concert like the postcards, it wasn’t bad at all and I really enjoyed it. The performance was amazing and it was more than what I expected. I thought that it was going to be boring and I will be sitting there falling asleep, but I actually was emotionally involved with the music. The musicians and the conductor did a great job; they were amazing and they all sounded professionals to me. I was able to know all the instruments they were playing because we have learned them in class; they were playing piccolo, flute, oboe, bassoon, clarinet, bass clarinet, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone, trumpet, French horn, trombone, euphonium, tuba, timpani, percussion, string bass, and piano.
Cristofori’s pianos were not treasured in the beginning since his pianofortes were still very similar to the clavichords. There were still problems with playing fast and repeated notes. One of the renowned fortepiano builders was Johann Andreas Stein, was one of Silbermann’s pupils and took up his work to improving the instrument. Stein had hammers strike end closer to the player rather than the hinged end, which Cristofori would call “backwards” hammers. This “Viennese” action became to be widely used in Vienna up to the mid 19th century but it required very elegant sensitivity of touch to play the Viennese fortepiano since the piano was very sensitive to the player’s touch.
This suite, part of a series of four “overtures” (as Bach called them) represent experimenting by Bach, since they resemble a French style music used by Italian-born composer Jean-Baptiste Lully. Suite No. 3, which contains “Air on a G string”, is the most popular of all the overtures. The “Air on a G String” is the brief second movement of this suite. Although the full suite includes trumpets, oboe, and tympani as well as the strings and a bass line usually played on harpsichord and cello, this movement is reduced to the string orchestra only.
The music then was not as energetic but it seemed strong because it had a full orchestra which told me that Frodo along with everyone else were ready for whatever was to come. Thirdly I want to talk about the background music during the fight scenes. Now the fight scenes were my favorite, not because it had a lot of sword fight but the music made it
The three pieces that were played were Edvard Grieg’s “Holberg” Suite, Franz Schubert’s “Unfinished” Symphony, and Beethoven’s Overture to “Egmont.” Before I go into any analysis of the performance I will begin by saying this was the best music concert I’ve been to all year. I really liked the three selected works and think that they complemented each other well. The conductor, John finney, was very charismatic and spoke to the audience between the pieces. I found him to be very engaging and I like that he gave us some background on each piece before the orchestra played for us. I have heard all three pieces before, but never from a live orchestra.
Throughout his prolific career, Franz Liszt fashioned many solo piano pieces from the works of other composers, perhaps most notably the symphonies of Ludwig van Beethoven and the lieder of Franz Schubert. Many of his own works he also arranged for piano solo, particularly his vocal music—for example, his settings of three Petrarch sonnets were included in the second volume of his Années de pèlerinage. The best examples are, however, his Liebesträume. Whereas Liszt’s vocal music is largely neglected, his piano arrangements on the other hand enjoy a far better reputation and presence on recital programs. Both the vocal and piano editions of the three Liebesträume (Dreams of Love) were published simultaneously in 1850.