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Grieg’s Lyrical Pieces

May 20th, 2011 by David Bird · No Comments · 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 attention as a concert piece.

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Den Rosenkavalier

May 20th, 2011 by David Bird · No Comments · 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 the layering of the melodic [...]

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Pictures at an Exhibition

May 20th, 2011 by David Bird · No Comments · Uncategorized

I really enjoy the blunt harmonic rhythm in this piece. The brass arrangement is lush and develops in a fairly interesting manner. I can’t really disassociate the piece from Carl Stone’s Hop ken which is much better than the Emerson Lake and Palmer version rendition. I kinda enjoy how it subverts some of the blandness of Mussorgsky’s infamous [...]

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Parsifal!

May 20th, 2011 by David Bird · No Comments · Uncategorized

I’m always impressed by the gratifying moments of clarity in Wagner’s orchestrations. Throughout much of Parsifal Wagner develops ideas in an incredibly mature and paced way, creating a wide dynamic threshold for busier moments. Harmonically its mysterious, and very beautiful.

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Verdi’s Don Carlo Act IV

April 11th, 2011 by David Bird · No Comments · Uncategorized

Verdi’s Don Carlo Act IV is a dark and beautifully developed act. I enjoy verdi’s careful use of ornamention at the beginnings and endings of vocal phrases. These orchestral insinuations, and the subtlety in these gestures support and map larger narrative structures. It also calls attention to these instruments in a sort of textual way, [...]

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Cool Fish

February 28th, 2011 by David Bird · No Comments · Uncategorized

The inventive addition of the double bass, opens a dynamic scope of harmonic color and pitch fields for Schubert to meddle in. He uses this for lively juxtapositions of timbre, making harmonic resolutions a noticeably vivid consolation. I actually found it quite unsettling until the first major harmonic resolution in the Allegro Vivace, as the [...]

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Missa Solemnis

February 20th, 2011 by David Bird · No Comments · Uncategorized

Like in Fidellio, Missa Solemnis vastly stretches the vocal palette to resemble the shapes and contours found in it’s instrumental accompaniment. These vocal passages are long winded, but not coupled in the organic contrapuntal motion found in the masses of Palestrina. They are projected rather angularly, and often timidly perched upon the rigid blockades of [...]

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Hello Title

February 17th, 2011 by David Bird · 1 Comment · Uncategorized

This is just a test, This is just a test, This is just a test, This is just a test, This is just a test
in the language lab…

omg <3 <3

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