Concert Review Sample

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At the concert, I was a perspective listener. The perspective listener is a combination of all of the listener types. A perspective listener enjoys the sound of the music but is also critically aware of how it makes them feel and why and it also makes associations with the music whether it being from a feeling or a memory. Going to the concert I was listening with great concentration, trying to hear every aspect of the piece. I through the concert tried to find meaning and purpose in the music.
The concert that I had attended was “Messa Da Requiem (1873)” composed by Giuseppe Verdi.” The individual pieces in this composition were “introit and Kyrie” “Dies irae” “Offertory” “Sanctus” “Angus Dei” “Lux aeterna” and “Libera me.” This concert was
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Soon the chorus comes in seeming as though they are muttering the words. They continue to sing the dynamics changing after every phrase is sung. The variety of the changing dynamics continues throughout this first piece, becoming louder and quieter. The tempo and rhythm of the piece was very unified in this piece before any of the soloist began to sing their part. Throughout the performance of the soloists in this piece, the rhythm, tempo, harmony and volume changed drastically multiple times whenever the “idea” ended. The structure of this piece is structured ABAB. The purpose of this composition of a whole was to be used at a funeral for the composer’s friend, Alessandro Manzoni. After this performance, it was not performed in a church again but only in concert halls. The purpose of the concert I attended was to entertain the audience with a story of the music. The melody was played by the musical instruments in this piece and it remained quite constant, only changing in dynamics with the rest of the ensemble. The melody did jump back and forth between the only the instruments, the instruments and chorus and the instruments and soloists. The chorus was the harmony for the majority of the time. They were often the harmonic melody to the soloists, while other times had the melody themselves. The time of this piece was from the …show more content…
It begins roughly the same way that “Angus Dei” did. The dynamics were a bit different in this piece and the dynamics changed as well. The first part is one of the tenor soloists and the flowing sound of her notes is ever changing. They begin smoothly with her words one flowing into the next one and then in and out her words become more separated as she breaths between each one. This pattern continues as the volume of her solo greatens. The variety in this piece is that the soloist are going back and forth between their parts as if they are having a conversation or are saying something that they are all in agreement. The style of this piece is very uplifting as if to say “we are all in this together.” A point of unity is in the instruments and chorus, during this piece they were both strictly just the background sound. In many other piece, they have had their own parts and to describe it “responsibilities of their own” but they were just the behind the scenes in this piece, only to make the soloists sound the best they could. Whenever the soloist’s dynamic changed, the instruments would do the same to complement. The soloists had the melody during this piece. It matched with the uplifting style of the piece as a whole. The harmonization was held within the main part of the melody and the background music. Everyone in a while the soloists would sing together and harmonize and the whole entire time the music was playing

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