Pictures at an Exhibition by Mussorgsky

April 30th, 2011 § 0

I still remember the concert that I played this piece and it was so much fun! The theme from the beginning of the piece is very well-known and it repeats many times with different instruments. It’s quite interesting how Mussorgsky portraits his impressions of Hartmann’s exhibition into his music. I guess Mussorgsky had a really good imagination..:) hm.

Der Rosenkavalier

April 30th, 2011 § 0

The trio and finale waltz are my favorite pieces from Strauss’s Der Rosenkavalier. The story and theme seemed pretty interesting and i really want to watch the real Opera at some point.

Wagner’s Parsifal Act III

April 19th, 2011 § 0

It was quite impressive how Wagner put more then 50 people singing the same melody at once for about 5 minutes in Act III. The lower strings keep the intention through the scene, where the brass follows the voice to make the music more magnificent. In general, music pieces in Wagner’s Parsifal seems very simple and straight-forward in a reflecting the emotions, feelings among the characters in every scenes.

Fanny Mendelssohn-Hensel & Clara Schumann

March 20th, 2011 § 0

Fanny Cacilia Mendelssohn was born in Hamburg, Germany, in 1805. She was a German pianist and composer, the sister of the composer Felix Mendelssohn. Like many women at that time, Fanny did not benefit from the same musical education and upbringing as her brother Felix. Fanny continued to compose throughout her life, and, with encouragement from her husband, finally published a song in her own name in 1837. Nine years later, several books of her songs and piano pieces appeared. Her Trio for Piano and Strings in D minor, Op. 11 is one of them. I was quite impressed how the piece was organized and professionally composed where she was never musically educated.
Clara Schumann’s Three Romances for Violin and Piano, op.22, no.2 was the only chamber piece that she wrote. She was married to Robert Schumann.

Rossini- La Cenerentola Overture

March 6th, 2011 § 0

Cinderella is one of my favorite fairytale and everyone knows the story about a poor little girl becoming a princess. Well, the beginning is not so “Cinderella” but I guess it draws her miserable, depressing days in a way. When it comes to fast, flowing-lines moment, I could picture her little animal friends running around and making her dress like the scene in Disney’s Movie. :) hm. but I wish I could hear more about the romantic moment with the prince when they meet each other at the party and dance together….. In general, this piece is quite exciting and moving forward as it was composed for a Comedy. I think it’s also because it is an Overture which opens the Opera, so obviously it has to be short and fast that can intrigue our attention.

Franz Schubert Die Forelle

February 28th, 2011 § 1

Franz Schubert composed the “Trout”(Die Forelle) based on a poem by Christian Daniel Schubart in 1817. The repeated melody, typical for Schubert, is effortless, thoroughly enchanting -and instantly memorable, and further enlivened by a leaping, joyous figure in the piano accompaniment the evokes the subject fish. The fourth of the five movements is a set of variations on the “Trout” melody, brightened by a dotted rhythm and a shift from D-flat to D major. Personally, i like the original piano version of the piece and it makes more sense with the title “Trout”. In fact, I think the sound of a piano could explore the idea of trout swimming, wondering around the most. This piece is often played with gigs for weddings (honestly, I heard this piece from every single weddings I’ve went) which shows how popular this piece is to everyone!

beethoven’s missa solemins 2/21

February 21st, 2011 § 1

When I first listened to this piece, i was really disappointed. This mass is known as the most famous, massive work during the Classical Period, and I couldn’t find any distinguished features. But I was still amazed by the size of the mass; a pipe organ, a huge orchestra with 4 soloists, and the chorus. Wow. I couldn’t believe that some hundreds of people were playing in this piece for a church missa. Also it has 5 movements which takes an hour and half minutes for total. It is a great piece but I wouldn’t listen to it unless I was a huge fan of Beethoven or something…(obviously i’m not) The piece is still very well-organized and formed which needs incredibly hard technique for soloists. My favorite movement is the first movement, Kyrie. The beginning is so beautiful. very expressive, like one of those arias from Operas. I found the third movement interesting that the lyrics is actually about the Credo as it says for the title. Even if the lyrics is in Latin, It’s still the Credo I read every sunday when I goto the church. It’s fun to listen to it in a mass with such humongous amount of people on the stage. :)
In general, this piece is written for a missa but it’s played as an orchestral piece. The construction and formation are more like symphony that he used to compose.
Also, it was impressive that he put the flute solos quite a lot through the piece. Beethoven never liked the instrument Flute so he didn’t write a ONE piece for the Flute.
Even though I found this piece as a boring church music, I still think Beethoven did a stunning job while he was having the most miserable life during the composition. All that health problems, money issues and loneliness, I wouldn’t be able to compose Missa Solemins. He prayed everyday to complete his work and it took 4 years to finish the piece…
Like he wrote on the page of Credo, his wish to impress and touch the audience heart with his music, his religious faith and devotion came true; “Heart to the Heart”

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February 17th, 2011 § 3

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February 16th, 2011 § 1

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