Concert Critique

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On the 26th of February I attended a trio concert at the Dr. Bobbie Bailey & Family Performance center. The concert consisted of three musicians including Charae Krueger (cello), Robert Henry (pianist), and John Warren (clarinet). I arrived at the Morgan Hall around 8 o’clock, which was the start time for the concert. As I began to approach the hall, I knew that I was in for a treat. The hall itself carried a sense of professionalism, but also almost a welcoming note that made me feel comfortable attending. After beholding the hall, I quickly found my seat and waited for the musicians to take stage. During this time, I began to overlook my program to see what was in store. I saw a few names I recognized like Claude Debussy and Johannes Brahms, …show more content…
Although I found the program to be interesting, I soon looked up to see the musicians enter from right stage as the applause began to fill the hall. Henry and Krueger took the stage, began to tune and situate themselves, and then began the first piece, Claude Debussy’s Sonata for Cello and Piano (1915).
The piece begins with Prologue: Lent with a forte dynamic chord strike from the piano that seemed to awake everybody from their seats. After the initial start to the piece, the cello joins in with the piano at the same energy and intensity. The first movement seems to be homophonic at this point even with the cello leading due to the relationship between the pianist and cellist. There are also seems to be a correlative nature to the relationship as when the piano’s dynamic begins to change the cello follows suit. It was interesting to see the musicians, like Ms. Krueger, begin to become more animated as the movement’s emotion changed. As the first movement, the musicians readjust themselves in silence in order to prepare for the next movement. The second movement, Sérénade: Modérément animé, begins with the odd plucking from the cello in a pianissimo dynamic which is soon accompanied by the piano. Although the melody seems disjunct, I believe it was to be seen more as

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