Music Appreciation, Scott Zeidel
I went to see Overture to King Stephen, Op. 117 and Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 36, both composed by Ludwig van Beethoven and performed by Los Angeles Philharmonic at Disney Hall on December 31 2012. The music group consisted of about sixty-three bowed string instrumentalists, ten woodwind instrumentalists, nine brass instrumentalists and four percussion instruments and the conductor is Esa-Pekka Salonen. The first piece I am going to discuss is the overture to King Stephen, Op. 117. It was composed by Ludwig van Beethoven(1770-1827), one of the greatest German composer in the Western musical tradition. The genre of this composition is overture that is the instrumental introduction to the work King Stephen. The whole work has ten movements which are typical of the Classical style and the genre is oratorio. This overture movement is duple meter, and it is in the andante con moto form. In my opinion, this overture is a program music that shows the scene when the first king of Hungary enthroned and it also draw a picture of the beautiful scenery of Hungary. The overturn begins with a stirring call to attention, then develops and recapitulates two different themes, both with a folksy Hungarian character. The length of this overturn is about eight minutes and played by two flutes, two oboes, two clarinets, two bassoons, contrabassoon, four horns, two trumpets, timpani, and strings. The second piece I am going to discuss is the Symphony No.2 in D Minor, Op. 36 composed by Ludwig van Beethoven(1770-1827). It was in the Classical period, and the genre of it is Symphony because of it had four movements. The first movement is in the Adagio molto form, the second movement is in the Larghetto form, the third movement is in the Scherzo: Allegro form which breaks the rule of most of symphonies, and the fourth movement is in the Allegro molto form. The length of the work is about thirty-five minutes and...
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