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Love 1 Haley Love MUMH 2040 Essay 2 21 November 2014 Art Music Symphony Orchestra I ve been to many Symphony concerts growing up I was actually a symphony ambassador for the San Angelo Symphony in middle school It is very interesting to meet the musicians and hear their stores and background so when I was given the opportunity to attend the Dallas Symphony concert on November 2 2014 I was ecstatic This performance included Igor Stravinsky s piece Song of the Nightingale Franz Liszt s piece Concerto No 1 in E Flat Major for Piano and Orchestra S 124 and Nikolai Andreyevich Rimsky Korsakov s piece Scheherazade Symphonic Suite Op 35 While I was listening to these three pieces the two that really drew my attention were Stravinsky s and Rimsky Korsakov s pieces Both of these pieces are very distinct in their own ways and Rimsky Korsakov s piece may have even influenced Stravinsky s music Igor Stravinsky s Song of the Nightingale originally comes from the second and third acts of a symphonic poem The Nightingale Stravinsky wrote this piece in 1917 in Morges Switzerland however it was not performed until 1919 and this piece later became a ballet debut The instruments included in this piece are flutes oboes clarinets trumpets trombones tubas bass drums snare drums cymbals triangles the strings section two harps and a piano Song of the Nightingale contains three major movements which are the Presto the Chinese March and the Game of the Mechanical Nightingale In the first movement the listener is Love 2 introduced to the main theme and a solo by the piano then brought back to the main theme The second movement starts with a duet between the cello and double bass and the strings section also enters until the piano joins in and eventually the whole orchestra accompanies them This piece does not really sound like anything we have heard before because the melody is all over the place and disjunct but it does somewhat resemble his other piece The Rite of Spring however Song of the Nightingale is very different and distinct from any other piece of music This piece also portrays a polyphonic texture and a very dissonant harmony While there are many differences between Stravinsky s musical pieces he also shows some similarity between them In both of Stravinsky s pieces he expresses very suspenseful and forceful emotions The dynamics of his music are constantly changing the tempo is never consistent and the rhythm is very irregular An influence and a significant mentor for Stravinsky was Rimsky Korsakov whose piece was also played in this symphony concert Unfortunately Rimsky Korsakov passed away in 1908 causing a delay in Stravinsky s composing but he eventually finished and shared his art with the world even if they did not have a positive reaction Before Nikolai Andreyevich Rimsky Korsakov s passing he composed Scheherazade in 1888 According to the Pulse program Like Song of the Nightingale Scheherazade was inspired by a fanciful work of fiction the ancient compendium of Arabic Persian and Indian tales known as The Arabian Nights or A Thousand and One Nights 16 The instruments in this piece are the piccolo flutes oboes clarinets bassoons horns trumpets trombones tubas bass drums snare drums cymbals triangles a harp and the strings which is similar to the group of instruments in Song of the Nightingale The piece has four movements the first movement is The Sea and Sindbad s Ship the second is called Legend of the Kalendar Prince the third movement is The Young Prince and the Young Princess and the finale is a combination of Love 3 Festival at Baghdad The Sea and The Ship is Dashed Against a Rock Surmounted by a Bronze Warrior The first three movements convey a smooth and calm melody and a dissonant harmony The form of the song is A B C with a polyphonic texture By the end of the third movement the coda ends with a faster tempo leading in to the finale that is much quicker and suspenseful I would not compare really compare this piece to any piece we have listened to in class unless it were a piece that was included in the genre of program music because like program music this piece tells a story while using the instruments as a vital role in the piece much like Song of the Nightingale Both of these pieces come from the Romantic Style period While Stravinsky s piece was not very well liked by the critics both of these pieces were probably intended for the people of the Middle Class Stravinsky s and Rimsky Korsakov s pieces are very unique and not like anything the middle class had heard before at the time however many people in today s society truly enjoy both these pieces of music for their diversity and they are both often listened to for entertainment and appreciation and even played by musicians everywhere I have always enjoyed listening to the works of classical music but because I am now familiar with all of these composers it was much more interesting to understand the stories behind the music and the creation and details of the pieces Love 4 Works Cited Forney Kristine and Joseph Machlis The Enjoyment of Music Eleventh Edition Shorter Version NewYork W W Norton Company 2011 Martin Jonathon Dallas Symphony Scheherazade Dallas Symphony Pulse 2014 14 19


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