Essay on UW Music 162

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Last Monday, I got to experience a sensational performance by the University Symphony, composed by Dr. Jonathan Pasternack, that enhanced my knowledge and emotional state through the uniqueness of both the symphony and opera act. Having only experienced a symphony once during the course of my life, I was ecstatic to attend such a soothing and joyful concert. The concert was fairly short, it last two hours, and consisted of 2 symphony songs and 1 opera act. The first two were symphony, which were played in a very unpredictable manner. The melody (violins) started off very slow and quickly increased their tempo. The orchestra performed many instances of crescendo and decrescendos; this kept the audience on the edge of their seats in …show more content…
Also, I found that the texture in both pieces was legato, smooth, and consisted of an exposition, bridge, and recapitulation section. The reason I brought this up is because it made me realize the significant similarities of both symphonies; yet how different each composer translates the textures into their own word paintings. The word painting of “Good Friday Spell” distinguished an ocean like texture, while Mozarts Symphony 40 gives the listener an escaping feeling; that makes the music feel charging from the quick violin tempo. After a short break, I listened to the second piece called “To The Memory of An Angel by Alban Berg. What interested me most about the piece was how it divided into two separate movements, the andante and allegro. I was able to connect to the first movement that sounded as a dance-like section. The reason I was inspired is because during my senior year of High School, I often danced with a group to upbeat music, which reminded me of the symphonies final piece that consisted of a similar texture. What inspired me the most during the symphony was the soloist known as Elisa Barston. She exceeded my expectation of the song during her solo section. Her solo had invoked every musical texture one can imagine: quick, legato, piano, staccato, smooth, etc. It was the climax of the piece and the high point of the allegro section. It was astonishing how

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