Boston Symphony Orchestra Analysis

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The Boston Symphony Orchestra performs Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-flat Minor, Op. 23 by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky with Seiji Ozawa conducting and Egveny Kissin as the piano soloist. The instruments called for in this piece of music are two flutes, two oboes, two clarinets in B-flat, two bassoons, four horns in F, two trumpets in F, three trombones (two tenor, one bass), timpani, solo piano, and strings.
MOVEMENT 1 EXPOSITION
1:04—2:00 French horns are forte for three notes, then what sounds like trombones join in along with the rest of the orchestra and the soloist Kissin on the piano. For the first measure the tempo is dramatic in tone, with the French horns following behind with the trombones. A few measures later the tempo slows to a mellow tone. The mellow tone is constant for at least five measures before Kissin’s encourages the whole orchestra to increase the tempo of the music for several beats. Then Kissin play 's a 1, 2, 3, forte fourth beat pattern for a couple of measures. 1:30— Around the 1:30 second mark three of the measures have what sounds like sighing gesture, more of a sigh of relief type. Kissin and the orchestra smooths the tone towards one that brings a field of flowers into view. It seems as if I was not
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The slow tempo suggests a calm atmosphere. 0:30—the orchestra joins the flute creating a masterpiece of spring time. 1:57—the tempo and volume, turn into a call and answer style. The tempo goes one, two the repeats a forte up from the previous time. Nearing the 2:15—mark the music travels toward piano levels with each time through. During the whole time I heard birds chirping in a meadow. 2:41—the tempo increases to a lively faster speed. 2:50—the speed slows back to the starting speed of the main theme. 3:18—I felt refreshed after finishing something special. You could still hear the main theme yet a fresh change had happened like the theme was washed by a spring

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