Iattended a classical concert on 22, July at Lincoln Center, DamroschPark. The theme of the night was The Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestrawhere instrumental pieces were played to represent the masterpiecesthat the classical music genius did during his time. All theperformers were in tune, and they provided great entertainment to theaudience that had graced the occasion, I included. The whole time ofthe presentation gave a moment for enjoying the music, and one hadthe feeling that he was hearing them for the first time.
Allthe time that I was at the concert, I was an attentive listenerwithout the need to try and cheer to the performance. This is becauseI wanted to concentrate and get to enjoy the concert in totality. I,however, clapped my hands at the completion of one piece, before theymoved on to the next. This practice was done give the artists moraleand make them aware that I was fully enjoying the performance thatthey were showcasing.
Variousperformances were made in the concert. One of them was Symphonynumber 14 which is referred to as A Major, K 114 (1771) and the otherwas Symphony number 15 in G major, K 124 (1772). These pieces werequite tantalizing to the ears, and one had a wish to keep onlistening to them over and over again without having the need to stopdoing so. The artists made the performances while still as some ofthem were seated while others were standing. This is because suchkind of exercise normally requires a high level of concentration andthe lesser the movements they make during the presentation, the lowerthe level of distraction that they would need to endure and as aresult, there was bound to be a great level of success in the longrun. Both of the pieces that were presented in the orchestra applieda slow style where the violinists applied long knots to bring out themusic clearly.
Theperformance had various types of violins among them small hand-heldviolins, cello, and double bass violins. All these instrumentscreated a blend of tune that clearly brought out the specific thatthe performance was presenting. They were also quite instrumentalwhen it came to adding different sounds onto the performance, therebycutting on the problem of monotone that would be associated with suchkind of performances. As a result, the element of boredom was greatlyreduced in the long-run, and one could easily get actively involvedin the presentation, even if he was just part of the audience(Berman, O, Krass, D & Menezes, 2007). The seating arrangementfor the orchestra was in such a way that there were two groups ofpeople seated in opposite positions facing each other. This was aimedto bring the fun effect as they were going on with the presentationas well as provide the audience with a good view that would enablethem to follow through the presentation without having to strain somuch to look at other people on the stage who could have been hiddenbehind others. This meant that all the instruments used in thepresentation could also be seen very clearly.
Boththe two pieces presented in the orchestra had the same elements inthat they had some unity and slow. They were also meant to makepeople relax as well as slow tempo and low volume. The. The rhythmwas varying, and the melody was sweet. The harmony of the two pieceswas coordinated and was based on the classical historical period. Ireally enjoyed the concert because it made me acquainted withclassical music
OnJuly 23, I attended an opera concert where they presented Mozart’sthe Marriage of Figaro. Theevent was hosted at Andrew Heiskell Braille and Talking library.During the presentation, I was an active listener. I was reallyclapping during the presentation. One of the presentations that weremade during the presentation was that of ‘Adelaide’. The otherone was ‘Kolb.’ The presentations did not have so many movementsin them as the presenters were more keen on paying attention to thepieces that they were putting across as opposed to moving along therhythm so as to draw in some entertainment. The style applied in thetwo presentations includes the slow and fast slides. These were for‘Kolb’ and ‘Adelide’ respectively. The presentation also madeuse of violins that went a long way in creating the rhythm that wasso much needed to create a pattern that would be quite good to listento.
Theseating arrangement was such that all the performers were facing thesame side during the presentation so as to create a sync of theinstruments that were being used up during the presentation. The‘Adelaide’ piece varied quite greatly from the ‘Kolb’ piecein that it was much slower. As a result, there was no form of unitybetween the two sets of music. The structure of Adelaide was alsoquite complex compared to that of ‘Kolb.’ This could be seen fromthe heavy instrumentation that the artists had to apply while playingthe music as compared to that of ‘Kolb’ which was presented quitesmoothly and as a result, the audience could easily follow throughthe presentation without having the need to struggle so much so, asto understand the specific piece that was under presentation. Thepurpose of the ‘Adelide’ music is to make people make merry andfeel happy, while the purpose of the ‘Kolb’ music is to calmpeople down after they have gone through tough times (Berman et al.,2007). The ‘Adelide’ piece was presented with a much largervolume compared to the ‘Kolb’ music. As a result, this meant thatthe ‘Adelide’ presentation was a little bit noisy compared to the‘Kolb’ which was quite peaceful in nature.
Ienjoyed the presentation very much as it made me have a feel of howgreat the work of Mozart was and the influence as well as the bigrole that he had to play as far as revolutionizing classical musicwas concerned. It made me feel quite proud to be a student of art,although there are still a lot of things that I am yet to learn. Themelodies of the two pieces were in sync in that they were quite niceand were so entertaining to the ears. The harmony created by the twosongs was also crucial in making the orchestra eventful. The twopieces had a nice form and represented the classical period as theywere formulated during that time.
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