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Mussorgsky, Pictures at an Exhibition

May 20th, 2011 by Hana on Hana Jo's Blog · Uncategorized

I’ve long been familiar with Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition, but never really made the connection that the piece was based on (duh) pictures at an exhibition, which totally explains the completely different scenes painted by each movement. The walking tempi make sense, I really like the use of the… read more

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Mussorgksy’s Pictures at an Exhibition

by Adam Bernstein on Adam Bernstein's Blog · Uncategorized

To me, this piece only really exists in the orchestrated version by Ravel.  The opening theme of the promenade should only truly be played on trumpet and accompanied by a brass section- to think of pianos playing the parts seems disconnected from the original intentions behind the music, as backwards… read more

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Edvard Grieg – Lyric Pieces

by Zou Yu on Zou Yu's Blog · Uncategorized

Edvard Grieg’s Lyric pieces, written for piano, are a collection of 66 pieces in 10 different volumes, that captures the nationalistic spirit of Norway, each in a unique and diverse way.   These pieces are used in Henrik Ibsen’s play, Peer Gynt, as the incidental music.  The most enjoyable pieces for… read more

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Grieg, Lyric Pieces and Songs

by Maggie on Margaret Nicholas's Blog · Uncategorized

EDVARD GRIEG! I was wondering why his name sounded so familiar. The reason is because I accompanied my friend, Lacey, when she sang “Solvejg’s Song” for piano class. He was Norwegian. The most notable Norwegian musical element that is found in Grieg’s music is his use of the raised fourth… read more

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Mussorgsky, Pictures at an Exhibition

by Maggie on Margaret Nicholas's Blog · Uncategorized

Mussorgsky bases this piano suite on the artwork of his friend, Viktor Hartmann, who was as passionate about Russian nationalism as Mussorgsky. He died of an aneurysm at a young age and his over 400 of his works were shown at a posthumous exhibition which Mussorgsky attended. The experience moved… read more

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Grieg, Lyric Pieces and Songs

by Abigail Clyne on Abigail Clyne's Blog · Uncategorized

Edvard Grieg was a Norwegian composer who studied at the Leipzig Conservatory. He studied with E.F. Wenzel who instilled a great love of Robert Schumann in Grieg. By 1863 Grieg made his way to Copenhagen, then the cultural center of both Norway and Denmark, and fell in with the Norwegian… read more

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Wagner’s Parsifal (Act III)

by C. Shota Horikawa on Christopher Horikawa's Blog · Uncategorized

Wagner’s last opera, Parsifal, took Wagner 25 years to write. He wrote started and completed the composition of two different operas while composing this one. Although this is the only act of the opera that I listened to, it feels like the general mood and feeling of this opera that I’ve… read more

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Grieg, Lyric Pieces and Songs

by Shea Pierre on Shea Pierre · Uncategorized

Although I didn’t thoroughly enjoy all of the lyric pieces, I admire the sense of nationalism Grieg presents to the listener.  Also, his use of folk music is really obvious.  The pieces are charming and melodic and makes for very pleasent background music.

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Mussorgsky, Pictures at an Exhibition

by Shea Pierre on Shea Pierre · Uncategorized

It is difficult to put into words how much I enjoy this music.  It’s amazing to know that this was a solo piano piece.  Mussorgsky wrote Pictures at an Exhibition after seeing an exhibition of paintings by a friend who had just died. He went home and wrote Pictures on… read more

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by Andrew Zimmerman on Andrew Zimmerman's Blog · Uncategorized

Edvard Grieg’s Lyric Pieces begin with a group of short piano pieces that are marked by the use of soft dynamics and major keys. Many of them, especially towards the beginning, are dance-like in fashion and incorporate elements of folk music and the waltz. Different emotional patterns develop as the… read more

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