Comparing Pronto Musica Played Three Compositions By Ludwig Van Beethoven
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On March 10, 2016, a non-profit organization called Pronto Musica played three compositions by Ludwig van Beethoven. These three pieces include Overture Coriolan, Op. 62, Concerto for Piano, Violin and Violoncello in C major, Op. 56, which is also known as the Triple Concerto and Symphony No. 8 in F major, Op. 93. For the Triple Concerto, the soloists included Philip Chu as the pianist, Axel Strauss as the violinist and Matt Haimovitz as the cellist. The concert was conducted by Alexis Hauser, the artistic director of the McGill Symphony Orchestra and of Pronto Musica. The instruments that comprise this chamber orchestra are first violins, second violins, violas, cellos, basses, flutes, oboes, clarinets, bassoons, French horns, trumpets…show more content… Beethoven wrote this to accompany a drama called Coriolan by Heinrich Joseph von Collin, in Vienna in the year 1807 (Viant, K. C. "Coriolan Overture, Op. 62."). The drama is the same as the tragedy written by William Shakespeare. The genre for this piece would be a concert overture. A concert overture is played at a beginning of a concert and it is a one movement work in sonata form, and it is always program music. Program music is instrumental music that is associated with story and in this case, the story “examines the problem of deposing a bad ruler and the consequent civil unrest” (McConnell, L. "Coriolanus."). The beginning of the piece starts with the strings, with the dynamics being mezzo forte. With the addition of the flutes, it sounds mezzo piano. Near the end, there are pizzicato, where the string instruments are plucked and the dynamics is in piano. The tempo of the piece is moderato overall. The beginning is more allegretto and near the end it is more adagio. The key of this piece is in C minor. Since this is an overture, the piece was around ten minutes.
The second piece sounded more unique since there were soloists. The Triple Concerto. It was composed in 1803 and it was the only concerto Beethoven composed with more than one soloist. This is one of the longer pieces and continued for approximately 40 minutes. The genre of this piece is triple concerto, where there is a large ensemble with three instrumental soloists which in this piece are the