Florence,a town in Italy, which has featured the DaVinciseries, is home of the first recognized piano made by BartolomeoCristofori in 1700. The instrument was named “gravicembalocol piano et forte”meaning a “keyboardinstrument with soft and loud.”Its name came from the dynamic level of sounds that were produced byvibration when a wooden hammer covered with deer skin struck thestrings. As time passed, they become instruments of admiration amongthe rich people. Thus, they started being manufactured. This processevolved to digital ones, which have software that records the playand are being produced by different companies today.
Iused these two sources as they detail the concrete history of pianos.
DukeEllington has been an instrumental composer and performer in thehistory of jazz. He had a band which he bonded with for quite long,performing various songs. Also, Beethoven, one of the 19th-centurycomposers and performer, came up with great piano pieces. His pieceshave been played on many occasions by various orchestra groups, andhe is commemorated as a great pianist. Because Bernstein was apianist, he has composed various songs, which were played accompaniedby a piano.
Iused these sources as they have biographies of these artists.
Beethovenwrote a piece called SonataPathetiqueat the age of 27 years in 1798. He also composed MoonlightSonata,which was dedicated to his pupils in 1802. FurElise,composed in 1810 but published in 1867 is also another importantpiece. Duke Ellington also wrote some music like “ItDon’t Mean a Thing if it Aint Got that Swing.” Also, another piece by Duke is Ina Sentimental Moon.These pieces have been very instrumental in the history of music andhave been played by the various orchestra and even institutionalcompetitions.
Thesesources provided me with the music pieces of these artists.
RoyalConcertgebouw and Berlin Philharmonie Orchestras
Ichose to discuss this group after I came across a YouTube clip playedby Royal Concertgebouw. This group has been there since 1888, one ofthe groups with very elderly men and have made people appreciatemusic and orchestra due to their prowess. They have performed manyconcerts and keep on doing it and my favorite instrument never missin their concerts. Both critics and fans applaud them for theirunique great perfomances. The other orchestra of interest BerlinPhilharmonie, which was established in 1963, the group has asignificant performance. Their instruments range from flute, cello,trumpet, trombone, violin to oboe. They are also well known for theirability to invent unique sounds and play in their performances, whichleaves people thrilled. For, those reasons I chose this two orchestragroups for my assignment.
Alleluia:O virga mediatrixcomposed by Bingen Hildegard Von is located in the performer’srole, class1readings. The music reminded me of Catholic adorationhymn songs, though I could not tell which language was used, it hassimilarities with responsorial Psalm that is usually sung in betweenCatholic readings. Thus, the song serves as a religious utility, andit brings worship memories and images of church sculptures, saints,angels, and Jesus painting, which are usually associated withworship.
Alleluia:O virga mediatrixis a solo vocalist performance as the song was smooth, and itsbalance could only have been maintained by a single person. I feltthat it was an excellent performance, though sang in a foreignlanguage I could associate with the music. There was a soft rhythmin his voice, and he sang it with composure. If the purpose of themusic was to put people in a worship mood, the performer excellentlydid it, because if not, I would not have identified the music as suchand united with it as it sounded familiar. You could feel andvisualize the emotion displayed by the singer.