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Write the equivalent of a 2-3 page report giving a review of the concert you attended. Your review must include the following: What kind of listener were you at the concert? Why? What pieces were performed? If there are multiple movements (as described in the “instrumental music” section of the Classical Period), each must be analyzed separately. What was the style of each of the pieces performed? What was the instrumentation of the orchestra? Draw out the seating arrangement of the instruments in the orchestra. Analyze each piece played in the concert with the following criteria from the course: Unity & Variety Structure of the Music Purpose of the Music Tempo Volume Rhythm Melody Harmony Form Historical Period Did you enjoy the concert? Why or why not? What is the style period of the composition (Middle Ages, Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Modern)? What are the traits in the music that make the style period most apparent? Is this piece an example of “absolute” or “program” music? How do you know? Are there any biographical concerns about the composer that are or might be relevant to this project, such as Beethoven’s hearing, or Mozart’s relationship to the Viennese court or his Freemason lodge)? Is there anything particular about the performance that you are viewing that would obviously have been different when the work was first performed? If your choice of music has a text, I have made certain that you have access to an English translation. Did you notice a relationship between the text and the way the composer writes the music? This would be relevant in an opera, oratorio, Mass, set of psalms, etc. You are looking for motivic devices (themes) that may be associated with a character, mood, time of year, etc.). Please choose one of the following to write about: Mahler, Symphony no. 5 in C# minor – Abbado, Lucerne F O Palestrina, Missa Papae Marcelli – Tallis Scholars – (if you choose this, please read the English translations of the Mass movement texts – Kyrie, Gloria, Credo, Sanctus and Benedictus, Agnus Dei – Schoenberg, Gurre-Lieder – 2:01:58 – Runnicles, BBCSP – Sibelius, Symphony no. 2 in D major, op, 43 – Susanna Malkki, Frankfurt Radio Symphony – Bach, Mass in B minor, BWV 232 – John Eliot Gardiner, Monteverdi Choir – Beethoven, Symphony no. 3 in Eb major – Norrington, SWR SymOrch – Saint-Saens, Symphony no. 3 in C minor, op. 78 – Jarvi, Orchestre de Paris – Rachmaninoff, Symphony no. 2 in E minor, op. 27 – Pappano, Orch Academy Santa Cecilia – Zemlinsky, Die Seejungfrau – Jaasoszyk Orkestra Felharmonii Nawdowej – Mozart, Don Giovanni – Harnoncourt, Zurich Opera Orch – (English subtitles) Puccini, Tosca – Christof Loy, Finnish Nat’l Opera – (English subtitles) Bach, Goldberg Variations, BWV 988 – Jean Rondeau, harpsichord solo – Haydn, The Creation – Bernstein, Ottobeuren Abbey, Bavaria – (English subtitles) Bartok, Bluebeard’s Castle – Solti, London Philharmonic Orch – Lully, Atys – Nelly Miricioiu, Concertgebouw – Vivaldi, The Four Seasons (with sonnets) – John Harrison, Wichita State Univ Chamber Players – Purcell, Dido and Aeneas – Simon Standage, Collegium Musicum 90 – (with English subtitles) Mendelssohn, Elijah – Ann Howard Jones, Boston Univ Symphony Orch and Symphonic Chorus – (written in English) Busoni, Piano Concerto in C major, op. 39 – Marc-Andre Hamelin, Sibelius Hall – Brahms, German Requiem – Abbado, Berlin Philharmonic – (English subtitles) Maguelone Festival 2012 – Jordi Savall, Hesperion XXI: Musical Europe in the Time of Caravaggio – Orlando Lasso, The Tears of St. Peter – Peter Sellars, Los Angeles master Chorale – Monteverdi, L’Orfeo – Harnoncourt, Monteverdi Ensemble of Zurich Opera House – (English, Spanish, French subtitles) Beethoven, Symphony no. 9 in D minor, “Ode to Joy” – Simon Rattle, BBC Proms – (English subtitles, only needed for fourth movement)


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