Concerto, Sonata And Quartet Essay

1598 Words Oct 31st, 2016 7 Pages
Within this essay, for question 1, I will be describing symphony, concerto, sonata and quartet in relation to their historical background. By using multiple similarities and differences in order to compare and contrast each of these things. According to an online dictionary, a symphony is defined as “an elaborate instrumental composition in three or more movements, similar in form to a sonata but written for an orchestra and usually of far grander proportions and more varied elements.” A concerto is “a composition for one or more principal instruments, with orchestral accompaniment, now usually in symphonic form.” A sonata is “a composition for one or two instruments, typically in three or four movements in contrasted forms and keys.” And lastly, a quartet is “any group of four persons or things,” which in this case is a singer or player (Dictionary.com). Some people believe that out of the larger orchestral forms, the symphony and the concerto were the most important. To start off, composer Ludwig van Beethoven, although functionally deaf, wrote nine symphonies’. Before long, Beethoven continued to work and be able to expand his vocabulary within music. Being able to have more words to describe and be able to communicate the softness and loudness of the piano, led to more fluent and precise performances. Dolente and teneramente were just two of the many words that mean sorrowful and tenderly to describe nuances. Nuances are small things that differ between different types…

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