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Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition

May 2nd, 2011 by Ayumi Ohishi · Uncategorized

YES, this is one of my favorite pieces. It sounds really exciting and positive to me. I feel like as if I’m home or something whenever I listen to it for some reasons. One of them could be its familiar, easy, and warm melody. If you listen to this piece once, you won’t forget I strongly think. As it shows in the title, I can imagine that people are walking through the exhibition looking at so many kinds of pictures and having conversation with their friends/ family/ even strangers. It is good to listen to this especially when you are in an excited mode!

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Der Rosenkavalier by Strauss (Final Scene)

April 25th, 2011 by Ayumi Ohishi · Uncategorized

I was quite surprised how the piece ends. Although I have not listen to them enough so far, finales for Opera in general tend to be closing very gorgeously and brightly. However the finale of this piece is so emotional, quiet, and touchy that I almost cried after I had listened to it. It’s just awesomely beautiful.

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Fanny and Clara

March 20th, 2011 by Ayumi Ohishi · Uncategorized

Ms. Mendelssohn-Hensel’s Trio (Finale):

I almost could not hear the cello part somehow. There is a huge piano solo for almost a minute in the beginning and I thought it was a piano concerto or something at first.  When the violin comes into the piece, I felt like it is a violin sonata because the cello part is too small and quiet. The cello part does not even have a big solo section except for the canon part with the violin. Basically it seems to me that the cello part is just accompanying even though it is a “Trio”, which is very disappointing because I always get excited about the cello part in any Trio or Quartet pieces.

Ms. Schumann’s 3 romances for violin and piano:

I did not really like the piece. The melody is pretty, however there was nothing makes you surprised or excited or anything. It just made me really sleepy but it reminded me of the spring.

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Rossini’s La Cenerentola

March 5th, 2011 by Ayumi Ohishi · Uncategorized

I found out that this piece is based on a famous fair tale “Cinderella”. As we know, it ends with happiness and the story is very romantic. The overture starts more quiet and less drastically comparing to other opera. However the main theme brought me an idea of Cenerentola dreaming about a prince and of her getting her own happiness with him. I think this opera must have been really famous and popular in 19th century not only because of the dramatic story but of the stile and structure of it. Rossini used some arias and fugue, also singers talk really fast at some point. I assume that it is more like a “romantic story with comedy” than just romantic and beautiful opera.

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Schubert’s Trout Quintet(1st MVT)

February 28th, 2011 by Ayumi Ohishi · Uncategorized

This piece is filled by a lot of happiness and excitements. Since it is the highest tone instrument, I wanted to dance whenever the violin melody part had appeared. I noticed that there are quite a lot of arpeggios which makes music more optimistic- as if it is telling us not to have sorrows- in the piece and rhythm never got complicated so that we can sing it as a song.

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Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis (Kyrie and Gloria)

February 21st, 2011 by Ayumi Ohishi · Uncategorized

After leaning Beethoven’s heroism in past classes, his Missa Solemnis sounded really touchy to me. It does sound pretty intense, however I could hear his faiths and could also imagine that he was willing for a world peace.

In Kyrie, I was expecting the beginning to be more pessimistic same as Kyries from other composers. However it actually starts as if it is a beginning of the opera music though he composed only one opera in his entire of life. I found out that the text for Kyrie is only three sentences long, and I was really amazed that he put them into this about 10 minutes long music.

On the other hand, In Gloria, it was a big surprise to me because it really sounds like a symphony because of the beginning which reminds me an explosion. His Gloria has about 6 parts (not sure because this is what I could hear…) and I really liked the transition between part 4 and 5. After the quiet and beautiful Quartet (Soprano, Alto, Tenor, and Bass), the tempo goes really fast and I thought it’s extremely dramatic. In the ending, the main theme comes back and it makes music more brilliant.

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February 17th, 2011 by Ayumi Ohishi · Uncategorized

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February 17th, 2011 by Ayumi Ohishi · Uncategorized


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Hello world!

February 16th, 2011 by Ayumi Ohishi · Uncategorized

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