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McKenzie Maxwell Professor McDaniels MUSI 1306-303 22 October 2014 Concert Report One: Marion Anderson String Quartet Concert I chose the genre string quartet and attended a concert at First Presbyterian church on October 19th, 2014. Because of its location the sanctuary where the concert took place had many stained glass windows. It was marvelous and in my opinion well suited the feel of classical music. The audience was very responsive and attentive. They applauded when the musicians appeared, in between pieces, and at the very end. They were quick to join in the sing along portion of the concert. Overall the people attending were an older crowd but you could tell they truly appreciated the music. The concert’s duration was around an…show more content…
Both were based on slavery and I would assume the purpose was to remember events passed as well as enjoy the rich culture and tradition of African Americans. My initial response to the entire production was surprise. After hearing that it was based on slavery I was a little confused that many parts of both pieces were lively and bright. I enjoyed the second piece more than the first. I felt without the narration I could better focus on mood changes and dynamics of the music. Before even reading the pamphlet, after listening to Delius’s piece I could easily tell it had a very deep mournful and somber undertone. After reading the pamphlet I realized the sadness was due to the loss of the love of his life. I feel that a lot of music classical or not is biased by the writers love life. This is shown all throughout the Romantic period and I feel set a precedent for other music to come for example 20th century music. The first piece didn’t grab me as quickly as the second. I think I enjoyed the unexpected aspects of the String Quartet but also I felt this one was so much easier to get lost in. But as I said before since I am new to this kind of concert experience I feel my assessment would be much less detailed and accurate than that of someone who is educated in music and familiar with concerts such as these. Since I liked the second piece more than the first I plan to discuss the second more in detail. The first piece Follow the Drinking Gourd

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