Concert Critique of Mozart and The Height of Classicism Essay

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Concert Critique of Mozart and The Height of Classicism

On Sunday, December 07, 2003, I attended the Mozart and The Height of Classicism concert that was held in the Lincoln Theater of the New World Symphony orchestral academy. Conducted by Nicholas McGegan featuring pianist Robert Levin. There were two pieces of music during this concert, one of the movements was performed by the pianist alone as a solo, Mr. Robert Levin. The program’s title was Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Chaconne from Idomeneo. The first piece was Concerto No. 24 in C minor for Piano and Orchestra, K. 491, Allegro, Larghetto, and Allegretto. The second piece was Symphony No. 36 in C major, K.425, “Linz”, Adagio-Allegro spiritoso, Andante, Menuetto-Trio, and
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This was used as inspiration and energy to play the music, and to transfer the feeling of the instrument for the piece being played. It also expressed visually the music. The conductor in particular sometimes would even jump while conducting the orchestra, he was very good with his gestures expressing and conducting the piece. I have never seen anything like that, he was amazing. I mentioned that I enjoyed the most the beginnings and endings of the movements because this was when I would hear the melody introduced and brought together to a finale, through the changes in dynamic, which were quite rapid. Some movements where a bit slower, calm and long throughout the middle.

Prior the third movement of the first piece, Allegretto, Mr. Robert Levin had the piano setup in the middle of the orchestra, between the strings and the winds. What was interesting about this was that he was facing the crowd and you couldn’t see his hands. Also, that the piano did not have a lid, it was fully exposed. Being sarcastic, he explained that this position was not deliberately placed that way so the audience could not see his hands, but for the acoustic reason of guidance for the wind instruments. He mentioned that if he would have the lid on the piano and open then it would block the sound coming from the wind instruments behind him, which the string instruments use as a guide also. This made sense to me due because the piano was a very important piece of the

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