Concert Report Essay

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There are lots of exceptional musical pieces composed by famous musical legends such as, the German music composer, aesthete, and influential music critic, Robert Schumann; who composed Symphony No. 4 in D-minor, Op. 120 in 1851. Or the distinguished Wolfgang Mozart, a prolific and influential composer of the Classical era, who composed over 600 works; one of which is Concerto in A-major for Clarinet and Orchestra, k. 622. These two musical masterpieces were performed at the UC Davis Symphony Orchestra, Mondavi Center, under the name of Spain 2012 on March 11, 2012; along with prelude “L’apres-midi d’un faune” by Claude Debussy. In this paper, I will be comparing the work of R. Schumann, Symphony No. 4, to the Clarinet Concerto, of W.…show more content…
The first movement: Allegro begins with an orchestral statement of the main theme. Then the theme is repeated by the solo clarinet, creating a more desolate atmosphere. Eventually the music develops into a dramatic turn after a tutti, leading back to the main theme, where the Alberti bass and arpeggios for the solo clarinet are restated, then ending the movement in a relatively more joyful tutti in A major. The second movement: Adagio, written in ternary form ABA, begins with the solo clarinet playing the main theme of the concerto, with the orchestra restating the theme again. Although this movement starts with a tranquil feel, it develops into a more forceful, enthusiastic tone. Finally the third movement Rondo: Allegro has a happier refrain, but occasionally recalling the melancholy mood from the first movement, also creating quiet music, silence, which I felt were a big part of the musical piece. Overall, the Clarinet Concerto is best portrayed in Brian Robins’ words “valedictory and autumnal.” Symphony No. 4 in D-minor, Op. 120, was originally composed and completed in 1841, but Schumann being unsatisfied with it, heavily revised the symphony and was later published in 1851. The published version of the symphony consists of four movements: Ziemlich langsam - Lebhaft (D minor), Romanze: Ziemlich langsam (A minor), Scherzo: Lebhaft (D

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