Going to see QCC “The Italian Influence” was a thrill and a new experience that I actually like. The event played many historical classical composers from the past. The program played Georg Philipp Telemann and Antonio Vivaldi.  Two Great composter that but brought different culture to the classical music period. The Sonata that I listen to that I really liked from the two composers were Sonata in F Minor TWV. 41: III. Triste – Allegro – Andante Vivace by Georg and Sonata in A minor, RV 86  Largo-aLLEGRO-LARGO-ALLEGRO MOLTO by Atonio.

 When I was sitting down listening to the music a lot of content from class came to my head like rhythm, pitch , harmony, and beat. The flow of sound was soothing from both musical. Antonio vivaldi, a famous composer, born on March 4, 1678, in Venice. He became very well known all around Europe.  Antonio  composed many musical pieces that all featured beautiful harmonic textures and a sophisticated, idiosyncratic sound.

During his time, antonio became a single body of music that set the tone for the classical period characterized by a Baroque style which is a simplistic, more direct approach to music. The classical period was easy on the ear, had simpler melodies that was easy to comprehend and introduced newfangled melodic forms like the sonata form, variations of the ternary form and rondo. Antonio was ideally a trendsetter but also influence many other  musical ideas and standards to other  famous composers like Johann Sebastian Bach and Franz Joseph Haydn. Past composers definitely influenced Mozart’s musical compositions which allowed his music to transcend previous eras and periods. Georg Philipp Telemann, another famous composer, Born in Magdeburg in 1681, composed mainly operas but excelled exceedingly at creating illustrious compositions.

Georg , who was already an impressive symphonist at young age, to be more exact at the age of 10. He was very much known for his  church compositions. Church compositions include small cantatas also soloists, chorus, and orchestra. wrote many pieces but was known for his legendary piece “Sonata In F minor”. His piece “Sonata In F minor” established a realistic model of opera comique and was a representation of Georg and his motivation to bring verisimilitude qualities to germany opera which he thought was inane at the time. The late Baroque period,, which housed Georg music, was an era that described the evident changes in musical style and compositions. The composers of  this era brought out their innermost latent feelings that was expressed through each lyrical note and focused on powerful representation of emotion. George Was inspired by numerous composers from past eras and the current.

A few would be Johann Rosenmüller, Antonio Caldara, Agostino Steffani but most of all was George Frideric Handel who was the artistic figure that started georg career as an artist. In my experience from listening to the sound up close as an audience in QCC .George beloved piece, Sonata in f MINOR , TWV 4 For bassoon and continuo was an opera composed in two acts that tell a story about unrequited love, hateful feelings and death. It has a romantic style that promotes fantasy and sensuality. A grandiose of instrumentation is at play featuring a large assortment of instruments like the violin, oboe, flute, clarinet, bassoon, French horn etc.

Each instrument works equally well with each other and corresponds to create a complete melodic musical piece. Undoubtingly, sophisticated textures, mostly polyphonic, are present in the musical piece and comes together by having previous themes return to create discord and accentuate the sundry of individual beats. Pitch allows for a more difference in sound. The bassoon tends to overpower the composition by carrying a more broad, omnipotent sound but is distinct enough to clothe the musical piece with a good melody. It was very interesting to see how all the sounds came together.

When I listening to Vivaldi piece Sound was obviously important to this musical composition, but Antonio Vivaldi uses sound in a descriptive manner to express a story of conflict in some sort. Using a dynamical sound from crescendo to decrescendo shows the instruments in their glory. The violin creates an accelerated louder form of sound in major harmony, while the French horn has a lower pitch thus carrying a lower sound wave.

When these sounds fall into my ears, it produces an active mood that calls for full attention because of how beautiful it sounds and calls for total silence to enjoy the luxury. The overall tone feels ambivalent but was very upbeat and a pleasure to hear. Georg piece, Sonata in F Minor, is composed of four movements. The piece features Allegro , Triste, Vivace,  and  Andante. Just as the piece begins we realize it is set in the allegro tempo which is a faster tempo from others. Each movement offers a different view on the musical piece.

For example, the first movement begins fast and upbeat with the oboe singing, while the second movement is slower, serious and very lighthearted.  Each instrument does well in procuring a sound that is distinct in each movement. Vivaldi piece contains a polyphonic texture throughout the piece. Layering each instrument gives off a good musical impression. Pitch is prevalent in the piece but is sporadic during the duration of the composition. Shifting from crescendo to decrescendo makes the flow all over the place but compliments well. Having the violin solo at different times in the piece shows the decrescendo, while having all of the instruments coming together to form a good melody shows the shift to crescendo. Each movement has its own harmony.

The first movement is definitely more upbeat than any other movement in the composition but that’s solely due to it being a major harmony. Meanwhile, the next movement is darker and more serious which is set in minor harmony. The mood of the piece is different for each movement. The first movement is soothing to the ear and very finesse. The second movement is slower but easy to understand and relaxed.

The third movement picks back up and offers a more refined, upbeat sound that creates an ambivalent mood especially when the cello is perceived as dark and played vigorously. Lastly, the fourth movement is equally major and is just as fast and upbeat as the previous movements.  My opinion on both pieces is that they were wonderful to hear especially at a live concert. The performers were able to hold everyone’s attention for about an hour and a half and continued to deliver a powerful performance all the way to the end.

The audience was especially quiet listening carefully to each note played from the instruments. I felt that Giovanni Battista Fontana  piece was a good choice to open the show with because of the classical style and tambre it produces. I noticed that many people closed their eyes to really take in the moment and appreciate the sound.  Antonio Vivaldi piece was just as attention seeking as Giovanni Battista Fontana.

The audience was equally captivated and interested in the piece. I liked this piece because of the overall mood and the distinct features in each movement. Although it was the last piece to be played, I felt more engaged than ever before because of the instruments and how hard the performers played to create a magical performance.  Some things I didn’t expect to experience were the lack of people attending.

Lastly, I enjoyed the show even though I wasn’t a fan of music during that time period.


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