Analysis Of J. S. Bach Music Concert

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Fredi Pritchett
Music 110-08B
December 2, 106
J.S. Bach Mass in B Minor On November 5, 2016, I attended the J.S. Bach Mass in B Minor music concert at Converse College, featuring a performance by the Spartanburg Festival Chorus. I enjoyed the musical selections performed by the chorus and saw a few familiar faces of some of my classmates at the concert as well. The venue of the concert was very nice and a lot of older people attended the concert. The music of the concert was nice to me and the different movements sung and played by the chorus and orchestra made me feel various types of emotions. The concert was something different for me to go to because it was my first time ever being at a music concert so it was a step for me to come from
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Bach, which also comes from the baroque era style of music. Angus Dei includes an alto, violins, and continuo and mirrors what Bach’s faith was to him and the emotional importance that it had on his life. This movement includes a lot of Aria, and Bach includes a melody for an alto to sing in a cantata form which is accompanied by the sound of a violin. During the concert, as you listened to the signers during Angus dei, you could hear things like the lonesome texture that includes violins played in unison, contintuo, and an alto singing solo, which is deprived of the ornamentation that is included in the cantata, the dissonant intervals, or how the aria sung about the lover being left behind. Angus dei uses a new form of material from other movements in the mass and shows important structure and voice leading accommodation. The accommodation is made to a tonal form and shows quick motion till the tonic at the end of the piece. A ritornello melody is shows after the first chord and a strong cadence also shows at the end of the same measure. Angus Dei is arranged over a chromatic bass line, going from point to point without entertaining …show more content…
This piece incorporated a lot of basso continuo and did have a lot of homophony going, but it also did alternate between polyphony as well. This piece was organized through a series of chords and did include a lot of key changes, chromaticism and different key changes. A lot of the instruments that were included in the orchestra during the baroque era style of music were also played throughout this piece and I think at the concert I saw a harpsichord or a resemblance of a harpsichord. Bach’s Mass in B Minor created a lot of sense of emotion and dramatic contrast as well and included ritornello form and was also a form a program music because at the concert the ushers gave us a program when we walked through the doors that translated the piece of music and told the story to us as we sat and

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