Johann Pachelbel

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    Considered one of his most famous pieces, Bach 's "Toccata and Fugue in D Minor" speaks a lot, both technically as well as contextually. Initially, my reaction for the piece was positive, with the notion that it would be used to accompany theatric performance of some sort. I noticed the song was composed in a way to have both slow and fast parts, as well as being complex yet easy to follow. Upon looking into Bach 's religious beliefs and lifestyle, in addition to the time period this was composed in, my view on the song changed. The emotional reaction after learning about its history was a lot more powerful, after knowing that this piece was crafted for church. Words such as repenting sins and shame come to mind while listening to this piece, contrary to the initial thoughts of "someone dies in a play." This piece consists of an organ playing two sections, one being a fast paced section with a wide range (toccata), with the other largely being a melody played at several different tones (fugue). Beginning by examining the technicalities of this piece, many things are apparent from the start. The entire piece is played on an aerophone, precisely an organ. The organ as an instrument is considered holy, therefore creating a feeling of sacredness as I listen to it. The composition is in the key of D minor, a key considered to not be so "upbeat", giving it a sadder, more emotional feel. The piece has a very wide range. The range is narrow in treble staff and bass staff…

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    Pachelbel Research Paper

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    In 1673, Pachelbel moved to Vienna to be hired as an organist. There he would have been exposed to the works of many Catholic composers from southern Germany and Italy. Due to this, his musical style was most likely influenced by these musicians. For instance, there is much speculation over whether Pachelbel had been the pupil of German composer, Johann Caspar Kerll. Regardless, his music reflects much of the latter’s style. This demonstrates that possibly being solely exposed to these…

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    Bach: A Brief Biography

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    Bach was born in the present day Germany in the capital of duchy of Saxe-Eisenach on March 21, 1685. His mother had eight other children and taught him music theory and how to play the violin at a very young age. Many of his family members were professional musicians including Johann Christoph Bach, his uncle, and Johann Ludwig Bach, his cousin. At the age of ten his parents died so he lived with his oldest brother who played the organ. He studies and performed music with his brother while…

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    which preceded him that truly impacted the mathematical world of their time. “That calculus rose to its height of popularity in the eighteenth century,” is attributed to Jacques I and Johann I (Lick, 401). Daniel I’s accomplishments warranted him “the founder of mathematical physics”(Lick, 401). Along with their accomplishments, these men worked side by side with the most gifted and influential mathematical mind of the time. The following will discuss the lives of these three distinguished men,…

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    The period from the middle of the 18th century to the early 19th century was the time that contained great historical changes over the world. In the 18th century, a new idea of the economic system was claimed by Adam Smith and people started to be concerned about broader educations. Because of this reason, a humanitarian movement was led by French philosophers, such as Voltaire, Montesquieu, and Rousseau, which is known as the Enlightenment. The Enlightenment aimed that individuals had rights,…

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    The Baroque Period

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    The word Baroque originally meaning ‘oddly shaped pearl’ or ‘imperfect pearl’ came to be the period of dramatic, exaggerated and intense compositions. The contrast of dynamics continued to grow and a focus began on single melody and bass lines. This was called basso continuo. Opera also became popular during this time period including works such as Jacopo Peri’s Dafne and Claudio Monteverdi’s Orfeo. Although a little faded, opera is still used and well loved today like the hits by Andrew Lloyd…

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    Juxtaposition In Vivaldi

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    As far as the researchers have found out that Vivaldi wrote about five hundred concertos, forty-six opera, seventy-three sonatas, sinfonias, chamber music, and sacred music. Bach was influenced by Vivaldi’s concertos and arias, which later he used them in the Passions and Cantatas. Bach borrowed other composers composition ideas, not to copy, but to expand his composition musical style. Many composers traveled around Europe, but Bach did not, rather, stayed in Germany most of his life.…

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    Concert Reflection Essay

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    Last week I had the privilege of witnessing an hour performance of “Cello Suites: Bach and Britten” at hosted by the Canadian Opera Company at the Richard Bradshaw Amphitehere at the Four Seasons Centre for Performing Arts. The performance consisted of Joesph Johnson, the principle cellist of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. The program that afternoon, Johnson produced intense sounds for an hour by performing two pieces cello solo works of inspired from the Baroque period and the 20th century.…

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    On November 3, 2015 I sat in the red velvet stadium seating of the west campus performance hall for the performance of Isaac Bustos and Mariana Gariazzo. Both performers are faculty of the Texas A&M Performance Studies department. The pieces performed varied from solo pieces and duet performances. The theme of the presentation was titled “the influence of folk music in classical repertoire”. The pieces performed included: Prelude 1 and 2 of Heitor Villa-Lobos, Bachianas Brasilerias #5 by…

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    The Choir Originally, in Yiddish, Der Mitteler Rebbe's Kapelye), a nigun composed by the Mittler Rebbe's choir. The nigun was endeared by the Rebbe.. The Mitteler Rebbe was very fond of the choir and was involved in managing its affairs through various instructions regarding their playing, and even used it several times to carry out spiritual activities. There choir had two divisions: vocalists, and musicians. When they played on weekdays, it was similar to the service of the Leviim in the…

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