November 18, 2012
“P.D.Q. Bach "The Abduction of Figaro”
This is a grand opera that begins off initially with laughter. This appears to be a theme that reoccurs throughout the piece suggesting that it is a comic opera. The mood is serious yet comical throughout. It was really impressive how the composer orchestrated the story into the opera with elements of comedy in the piece. I can see how the opera plays into the minds of those of the middle class during that time as well. The composer is making light of real life situations that would get people down such as death, sickness, and pain. That in itself is amazing.
Everything about the composition of this opera is attention getting. There is never a dull moment. The music and instruments follow the dance patterns of the characters as well. From the time Figaro is abducted, there is a clear parody of music from the Baroque and the Classical period. One should particularly enjoy the flutes in this piece. They are like a breath of fresh air. I imagine them as birds chirping early in the morning giving the overall reflection of the piece a cheery effect while they are played. The flutes are played as a solo while the orchestra accompanies this to enforce certain dynamics throughout the piece. For example, in Scene 1, the dynamics of the opera seem to be geared more towards the Baroque Musical era. The melodies and tone are stable which give the piece structure as the performers insert their comical influences.
There is a numerous amount of dance music throughout the piece as well in which the characters movements accompany the music that is being played. The characters seemingly belletrists dance eloquently while the scenes unfold. The ship scene is a great example of this type of music being performed. This dance music sets the tone for the scene. The use of dance music in this piece is another element that will impress the attendee.