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Grieg, Lyric Pieces

May 8th, 2011 by Miles Labat · Uncategorized

This is a very interesting set of piano compositions. First off, because of my ignorance of the composer or this set of songs, I didn’t know that these were solo piano pieces. When I got to the third composition, I finally realized that.

I was also intrigued by my listening experience of this particular assignment. Within these pieces lies a Even starting with the first piece I listened to, “Efterklang”, I didn’t know where the song was going to end up harmonically. My favorite pieces were “An Den Fruhling (To Spring)” and “Klokkeklang (Bellringing)”. “To Spring” was the prettiest out of this collection and most satisfying on that level. “Bellringing” reminded me of a carefully directed, slow moving film scene. That’s probably why I liked it so much.

I will definitely be listening to these songs again. I loved them.

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Mussorgsky, Pictures at an exhibition

May 2nd, 2011 by Miles Labat · Uncategorized

What stood out the most in this piece, for me, was the contrast between the movements. While the “Promenade” started out with a very nationalistic theme with just horns, the “Il vecchio costello” opened with more symphonic traits. I like this piece and thinks that it definitely stands as a prime example of nationalism among this school of Russian composers.

P.S. Mussorgsky supposedly wrote this piece for his friend Victor Hartmann, who was a painter and architecture. Out of devastation and bitterness because of his death, Mussorgsky also wrote “Why should a dog, a horse, a rat live on and creatures like Hartmann must die?” I thought this was an interesting fact.

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Strauss Rosenkavalier

April 25th, 2011 by Miles Labat · Uncategorized

I always say this at first, but I enjoyed this piece. I heard the English version of this opera, so I am interested in hearing the German Libretto to this piece. My favorite section of Act I is the introduction. It starts out with a strong wave of horns, and then sort of settles into this wave with the rest of the orchestra. It reminds me of a storm that soon settles and all you hear is the aftermath. I have always been a fan of opera composers preludes, overtures and introductions. A strong opening usually secures a great composition.

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Verdi – Don Carlos

April 11th, 2011 by Miles Labat · Uncategorized

I enjoyed this piece. I always feel bad for only listening to the assignment because, in this case, I only listened to Act IV out of this grand opera of five acts. According to sources, this piece is based on the conflicts of Carlos, who was the Prince of Asturias. Though, again, I haven’t listened to the entire opera, just listening to this act, thanks to Verdi’s composing skills, already has me researching Carlos. It just goes to show that great music does lead you into different realms

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Rossini – La Cenerentola

March 6th, 2011 by Miles Labat · Uncategorized

I really enjoyed this piece. Now, I’ve only listened to the “Overture” and the “Nacqui All’affanno”, but from listening to these parts it seems like La Cenerentola has many engaging qualities. One that stood out to me, especially during the “overture”, was this serious undertone beneath the obvious, comical one. For example, the first 2 minutes or so of the “overture”, to me, felt like it was building to a dramatic climax. Then, in comes a joyful, fast-paced melody that changes the mood of the “overture” from then on.

Because this work is based on Cinderella, I know that I would have enjoyed the rest of this opera. I’m already a fan of the old story, but based on the first two pieces I’ve listened too, I know that this opera wouldn’t be an exception of this story told through another art medium beautifully.

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Schubert

February 28th, 2011 by Miles Labat · Uncategorized

What could one expect from a Schubert piece? This is the question I asked myself when I first sat down in front of my computer to listen to his “Trout” piano quintet. I’m sure a heard a piece or two by the composer, but I can’t quite name one off the top of my head. It’s not that they weren’t memorable, its that I just wasn’t paying enough attention at whatever time to get the compositions name, which I’m at fault for. Well, I’m very happy to say that this piano quintet is name part of my past musical library.

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Beethoven

February 20th, 2011 by Miles Labat · Uncategorized

What I enjoyed most about the the three movements was the differences between them. Though I haven’t listened to the whole piece, from the three movements I can tell that there was a story being told. Thanks to the contrast between the sound of each movement, listening to this was like hearing different perspectives of the same piece. If that was Beethoven’s goal, then he certainly achieved it.

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Hello world!

February 16th, 2011 by Miles Labat · Uncategorized

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