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MUZALA NELLY SHIMUKOWA PAPER #1 CLASSICAL SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA MUSIC 115002 2/6/2016 Music is the art and science of organized sound. Whenever musical pieces are performed it seems like the vibrations of the sound travels through the air and into our ears. At that moment our brain processes the sound, pitch, texture, and tone of what is being played. The instruments work together to add variation in the way the sound is heard at different frequencies. This act of playing together can be quite nervewrecking. The sound produced has to be in harmony and it must not be in conflict with another section of the players and their instruments piece. As a group they must all be in tune and move with the same melody, beat and tempo. In the first piece that was played the stringed instruments; the violins and violas, are heard with a sweet continuous melodious rhythm. Then the cellos also join in the accompaniment. Then there is a gradual decrease and increase in the speed of the music. Later the violin plays a rapid movement of the notes and seems to move at a very fast pace. When the violin begins to slowly reduce its sound, the woodwind instruments begin to be heard with a different response to the beginning of the sound. There is a quick change in the musical movement and the sound softens, increases speed and then becomes louder with the introduction of the percussion and brass. The bassoons are heard during a short section of the music. Once again the violin begins to lead the movement, and the other instruments of the symphony respond to the intense eerie sound. There is slight tension and conflict as the sound moves back to the first phrases of the piece. The snare drum is played, and heard, adding more drama to the other sounds and accompaniments. The call and response technique is repeated. As the violin moves from slight up and down variations in its sound, the other sections of the orchestra join in and follow the routine of adding suspense to the sound theatrically. The violin is played and sounds very high pitched and strikes very sharp sounds, while the common melody and tune is repeated once more. All seems to be coming to a close at a point in the piece and then it comes to a brilliant end. As for the second piece, it seems like all the instruments of the symphony orchestra play harmoniously and melodically, in unison. One section of the woodwind and brass play the main theme and the other stringed section play the accompanying melody and sound. Then the entire section quiets down to give way to the marimba’s cymbal, xylophoneand belllike unique sound and quality. The marimba’s sound, begins fast and dense then it switches to a softer, calmer and lighter melody. With steady and quick movements, it lets the other instruments play without its beats and texture. Once its section has reached it plays a very catchy, lovely and fast, speedy response and melody. The actions, calls, and replies between the strings and other instruments, moves in harmony with that of the marimba. The sound of the marimba adds a tropical, Caribbean atmosphere to the stage and the melodic sound. It all comes to a dramatic, unexpected, memorable and unforgettable close. Then it was time for the third musical melody to be played. The melody was introduced by a piano with sudden quick beats. It had a very strong melody with the other instruments, the piano was played with swift rhythms and sharp chords. The combination of the strings with the piano was very timeless and effortlessly performed, without any strains. Later on the sound moved more majestically and joyously not seeming to stop. All instruments sounded beautiful, bold, and very uniform in the way they moved along with the piano’s main texture. Then a new section was introduced into the performance that made the sound more mysterious as to where it was heading. The song flowed on and it seemed like it was being played for a play or an opera. It was a very wonderful sound, melody and harmony, played all together. The music seemed to be telling a story of victory, success, joy, gladness, and the crazy instances that happen in life. Then the sound played back to its main theme and the sound continued in a very moderate manner. It slowly steadied in its pace and then rushed towards a very well planned ending. The piano played its final melody and it all came to an unsatisfying lovely, mesmerizing and professional close. The fourth piece begins with the sounds of the French horns and the snare drums. It reminds me of what dawn is like if music was always heard when the sun rose. Several instruments were moving along and others seemed to be adding more color to the sounds rhythm and melody. The horns are heard again with the trumpets and it sounds very busy now, similar to the sounds of hardworking insects in the other section, the strings add a very intense sound to the whole piece. Then the sound climates and reaches a point where it is gradually reducing speed and volume. The violins and cellos all begin to imitate the main melody that they had in the beginning as the horns play their main section and lead the piece. As the main theme gradually changes the other section of brass and percussion add a slight change which is slowly picked up and increased into the entire piece. The melody finally comes to sound familiar to birds chirping during spring time or a bright, sunny, warm and cool breezy day. Horns begin to sound like a warning as though there are dark clouds moving across the slightly clear blue sky. The sound changes into a rush and then there is a slight reduction in pitch as the flute is heard for a brief moment. That continuous melody moves and carries on like there is now a very harsh and terrible blazing thunderstorm. The drums are played and hit very rapidly with booms. As all the instruments come to a final stop and halt towards the end of what sounded like a storm. Later, the next piece begins with the sounds of the bassoons, flutes and French horns. This melody is calm, steady and sounds quite homophonic. Then after a while another section is played along with the beginning melodic easy sound. It all changes slightly and the first rhythm is repeated and added to the main theme as the sound crescendos and becomes more vibrant. The strings play the more continuous rhythm and shift to a steadier beat as the horns and bassoons with the snare drum join in the performance. One moment there is steady noise, order and silence, then the next there is a thrilling beat heard as a countermelody. The violins play their main melody once more and there is silence for a while. Stringed instruments begin their triumphant return and their fellow instruments join in the chorus. Their sound is soothing and very enchanting to hear as the flutes and violins sound very soothing with the other instruments and the beat goes on beautifully. The sound increases with speed and then the sound changes slightly. The violins play their section and the cellos join in to their lead. They all go back to their sweet enchanting melody phrase as the tempo gradually changes with the pitch. The final section is played with several rests until it comes to a very dramatic ending. As I think about the different styles and techniques used in the varying pieces I know that I will recall the sound and music of the instruments played together and also those that were performed alone. The pieces were all played wonderfully and the concert master was also enjoying leading such an organized and strong group. I would always want to go if I heard that they were playing on campus on the weekend again. There sound was unique for this day and modern age. But I am familiar with classical music so I really enjoyed listening to the music of the early middle ages and renaissance era. Music is one aspect of this world that is universal. You do not need to speak a different language for everyone to understand and pay attention to its magical sound.
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