Music in the Romantic Era

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Pictures at an Exhibition

May 21st, 2011 by Katy on Kathryn Hatch's Blog · Uncategorized

I love Pictures at an Exhibition. I’ve played it twice, although the first doesn’t really count because it was just the watered down arrangement that we played in high school orchestra. It was a really strange arrangement, because the very famous trumpet solo was given to the horns as a… read more

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William Tell Overture

by Katy on Kathryn Hatch's Blog · Uncategorized

I love Rossini’s William Tell Overture. It’s a lot of fun to play (the fast section!), and I really enjoyed listening to it as well. It’s so exciting, and the beginning is beautiful as well. When I was little, my dad bought the Lone Ranger for really cheap (he was… read more

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Schubert, Piano Quintet in A Major (The Trout), D. 667

by Brian Mcevoy on Brian Mcevoy's Blog · Uncategorized

From the very beginning I felt a carefree feeling that swept over me like a gust of fresh air. Andante, the second movement starts out slow to depict the part of a trout’s day, which is more relaxed but also carries a sense of uncertainty. However, when the theme returns,… read more

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Beethoven Missa Solemnis

by Brian Mcevoy on Brian Mcevoy's Blog · Uncategorized

Beethoven was a true innovator and revolutionary. This piece is a beautiful work of art, and it’s even more impressive because Beethoven composed this when he was already deaf! The ringing chords at the beginning of the Kyrie gave off a grand and intense stature. Upon reading the text before… read more

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Grieg, Lyric pieces

by Yejin Lee on Yejin Lee's Blog · Uncategorized

Sadly, this set of pieces are not very much known, even to pianists. But I was lucky enough to have listened to these pieces quite a few times. One of my favorite pianists, Leif Ove Andsnes, recorded this pieces with Grieg piano concerto, so of course I listened to these… read more

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Mussorgsky, Pictures at an Exhibition

by Yejin Lee on Yejin Lee's Blog · Uncategorized

This used to be one of my favorite pieces when I was in middle school. I went to a piano recital by this Russian pianist, and he captured the audience with this piece very well. I never got to listen to the entire thing that is orchestrated by Ravel. It… read more

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Grieg’s Lyrical Pieces

by David Bird on David Bird's Blog · Uncategorized

Yes, lyrical. Often too short. I had difficulty really interfacing with most of these pieces. Some with fairly arbitrary harmonic conventions, others too blatantly borrowing from danish and norwegian popular music, perhaps this could function well as wallpaper music in a nice upscale restaurant? Personally there’s not enough material in these to fully grasp my… read more

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Den Rosenkavalier

by David Bird on David Bird's Blog · Uncategorized

Strauss weaves in particularly dissonant symbolic motives throughout much of the piece in a sort of disorienting way. I enjoy the “crystalline” textures in the percussion during some of the dialogue. The melodic lines in the voice are incredibly well crafted, especially during the final trio, which is particularly magical. Here… read more

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Grieg, Lyric Pieces and Songs

by Hana on Hana Jo's Blog · Uncategorized

Though admittedly I only listened to a few of the dozens, I really really liked the ones I listened to. I heard some of Sviatoslav Richter’s recordings, and he is so great at executing the delicate, gorgeous melodies that Grieg wrote. Though I don’t really like some of Grieg’s compositions,… read more

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Grieg’s Lyric Pieces and Songs

by Adam Bernstein on Adam Bernstein's Blog · Uncategorized

Grieg’s work is always a little strange to me- he seems so refined in the small details and yet very clunky and old-fashioned in the bigger picture.  I enjoy the key modulations he uses and think they’re very original, but the rhythms he employs are rarely particularly noteworthy.  However, there… read more

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