Concert Essay, the Lyric Oboe

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Yuya Tamai
Professor Susan Seligman
Introduction to Music: Concert Report
30 November 2010
The Lyric Oboe
On October 26, 2010, I attended an oboe concert in Parker Theatre. It was such a wonderful experience because I loved the music styles and the stage presence shown by the members of the Hudson Valley Philharmonic String Quartet. This was the first time for me to see a performance in the theatre. When I got a ticket and entered the concert hall, I was surprised because compared to the other concert hall, Mckenna Theatre, the place was smaller and the stage was middle of the hall, and seats were set half way around the stage which was interesting to me. There were five performers which used five different kinds of instruments: oboe, piano, violin, viola, and cello. They were stylistically different pieces that allowed me to experience the various sounds of music. It was a short concert, which I found interesting, and I felt like staying there after the concert. Since I sat in the center of the hall and in the second row from the front, the scale of each performance was energetic and lively.

One of the most interesting movements in the concert was Concert in C minor, “Allegro Moderato” for oboe and piano. It was written by the Baroque Era composer Alessandro Marcello and performed here by an oboe player Joel Evans and a pianist Ruthanne Schempf. This movement was moderate and steady and match of the tone between piano and oboe was beautiful. While I was listening this movement, I imagined that I was standing on a beach next to a placid sea and was giving myself over to watch the nice view of the peace world. The opening bar of the piece was very stimulative and energetic. The begging part reminded me of one song of a movie called “Step Up.” I used to watch the movie a lot of times and danced with it, so it was very special for me, and I felt like dancing with the part. Moreover, the harmony between low key of piano and high pitch of oboe were consonant...
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