Gregory Wang Sonata No 4 Analysis

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It's my pleasure to attend piano recital on the Friday evening, February Twenty-Third at Recital Hall. The performer, Gregory Wang, who was a senior of Jacobs school of music, and this was his graduation recital. And also, Gregory Wang, he is my teacher of my Beginning Piano Class I (P110). He performed two pieces of music, which were Sonata No.2 in D Major, Op. 94a by Sergei Prokofiev in 1943 and Trio in E-Flat Major, Op.40 by Johannes Brahmas. By the way, Sonata No.2 in D Major, Op. 94a has four individual movements, which are Moderato, Scherzo: Presto, Andante, Allegro con brio. And Trio in E-Flat Major, Op.40 also has four individual movements, which are Andante, Scherzo: Allegro, Adagio mesto, Finale: Allegro con brio. Gregory Wang played …show more content…
For example, the Sonata No.2 in D Major, Op. 94a, "Sonata" means "to sound", "D Major" is the major scale based on D, and "Op" means opus. For Trio in E-Flat Major, Op.40, "Trio" means a group of three musicians, and "E-Flat Major" is the major scale based on E-flat. For Sonata No.2 in D Major, Op. 94a are represent for different tempos, "Moderato" means the piece is played at a moderate pace, "Scherzo: Presto" means a vigorous, light, or playful composition played with extreme speed, "Andante" means the piece is played in a moderately slow tempo, and "Allegro con brio" means to perform the composition at a fast tempo with spirit. For Trio in E-Flat Major, Op.40, it also has three different tempos, "Andante" means the piece is played in a moderately slow tempo, "Scherzo: Allegro" means fast tempo with triple meter, "Adagio mesto" means the piece is played in a sad and slowly tempo, and "Allegro con brio" means a fast tempo with …show more content…
Prokofiev is credited with the invention of neoclassicism, also called the classical symphony. And he belongs to the Modern period and composed in a variety of styles: expressionist, neoclassical and neoromantic. The music seemed to flow joyfully, and we can feel that from the harmony which really fits into the modern era (innovations that lead to new ways of organizing and approaching harmonic, melodic, sonic, and rhythmic aspects of music). Secondly, he played Trio in E-Flat Major, Op.40 by Johannes Brahmas. For half of whole piece, the slow melody of major chords in low pitches make me feel like someone is telling a story, with dynamic created by different softness on pressing keyboard. Than after the slow melody, the tempo shifts (it becomes a faster melody), and the piece started more intense. These two pieces are technically demanding, not only because part of pieces' tempo are fast and with quick scales, fast arpeggios apply on both hands; but also the performer needs to put in a lot of feelings into the slower melody, which is a big challenge for the

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