Reflection Of The Piano

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For this concert report, I am going to be focusing on the last piece of the concert, Beethoven’s Symphony no. 5 in C Minor, op. 67. This piece was written in the classical period. I am choosing this piece to focus on because when I heard it, I felt that I was being told a story of a war and specifically of a single soldier and his experience. Beethoven’s Symphony no. 5 in C Minor, op. 67 has 4 movements throughout the piece. The first movement is Allegro con brio, the second Andante con moto, and the third and fourth are both Allegro. The first movement, Allegro con Brio, starts the story off in a battle focusing on a single soldier and his fight. The tempo was quite fast throughout the movement making the idea of a battle taking place set in. The program has already stated that the piece was in C Minor, but you can tell that it is by the sense of conflict and pain that is heard throughout the piece. This first movement has a great variation of dynamics as well. There are long sections of fortissimo that, to me, sound like the intense fighting, and then there are sections of piano and mezzo piano that, to me, sound like lulls in the scene where the soldier notices something very sad right before he is whisked back into the fight. This sense of a fight scene is also noted with the technical styling of the movement. During the intense fights the melody is staccato and accented, and during the points that the soldier can take a breath and look around at the horror unfolding
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