It is characterized by surprising turns of harmony, chromaticism, nervous rhythms, and free, speech like melody. The empfindsam style aimed to touch the heart and move the soul. In the opening of the second movement, the line in the treble clef opens with an appoggiatura, leaps up and gradually descends (mm. 1-3). Already present, are the surprising turns of harmony that are indicative of the empfindsam style.
The exposition of Symphony No. 5 is a lively one, with those first notes played by the orchestra, to open up the listeners ears. The first few measures ensure the listener that the theme is what it is, and that throughout the song, slight, but also vast variances are heard. The first theme ranges from the beginning up to 55 seconds and then moves on into theme 2. Theme two starts at about 55 seconds and takes us off with a happy, major, melodic feeling that ends around 1:30.
In lyrical forms of music, the melody of a song revolves around that one catchy lyric that people just cannot seem to forget. Melodies give song composers the ability to portray different emotions depending on what that composer feels is important to their music. Harmony also plays a large role. While the melody gets most of the attention, harmony plays more of a background role giving support to the melody. It helps create a vertical progression throughout the
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.
The Simple Symphony begins with the Boisterous Bourrée, starting with a bold heavily accented theme that is passed around in a fugue-like manner and makes way for a calmer theme and hints of pizzicato that help lead into the second movement. The Playful Pizzicato consists of only pizzicato notes and this light-hearted movement emphasises the liveliness of much of Britten’s work and is followed by an emotionally evoking Sarabande with a rich texture that brings out the resonant colours of all the strings. The final movement concludes the symphony with contrasts of the many moods explored in the first three movements ending with powerful
In the first movement of Symphonie Fantastique, Berlioz introduces the emotional calmness by the slowness of the build using string instruments. The slow introduction suggests the need for desire to love. The following allegro suggests the strong feelings inspired by love. Around two minutes in there are a lot of crescendos and decrescendos, constantly rising in volume and becoming quite again. This section may suggest positives and negatives of falling in love.
All five cellists were able to keep a full, steady sound throughout their whole piece. Also, they all used a subtle vibrato. I really liked their timbre, and they were very soothing to listen to. Furthermore, all five performers were able to move their fingers extremely fast. At times, they were jumping from note, to note, to note.
My approach to how I “read” the medium of Classical Music? I have been a fan of classical music since my early twenty’s where I discovered its magical supremacy while pursuing my Bachelor’s Degree at Warner Pacific College in the early 80’s. I was first introduced to classical music by a classmate who told me “it would help me study.” To my surprise he was right! Quite amazing considered my nickname given by fellow team members on the WPC basketball team was “disco.” I have continued to enjoy the brilliance and wonderful ability of classical music to calm my mind, allowing for clear thoughts to arise. As I listen to Symphony No.
Many people choose to play classical music as they study or do work because they believe it increases their productivity. Classical music often begins with a relatively slow chords progression slow rhythm around sixty beats per minute . The slow, rhythm relaxes the mind, usually by raising serotonin production in the brain. Serotonin being the chemical that allows a person to sleep. Of course the serotonin production is not rapid enough to induce sleep, but the music allows it to release the neurotoxin at a rate that will relax an individual enough to activate a sense of wonder similar to those a person experiences in dreams.