Humoresque: Musical Notation

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Humoresque is composed by Antonín Dvořák(September 8, 1941 - May 1, 1904, born in Bohemia), a czech composer of the romantic period. He was engaged in major music works comprising of chamber music, orchestral music, piano music, operas and songs(or vocal). A. Dvořák wrote a total of 8 Humoresque short classical pieces and this particular piece(Poco lento e grazioso) is the most popular one which has been produced for various musical arrangements.

This piece is split into 3 sections; Section 1(from bar 1 to 8), Section 2(from bar 9 to 16) and then we repeat section 1 before proceeding to Section 3(from bar 25 to 40). Section 1 and 2 are to be repeated from bar 41 until the end of the piece.

It is written in 2/4 time, started in the key of D. There is a change in key from D to F in section 3(bar 25 to 40) and then revert to D key from bar 41 until the end of piece. We need to present this piece gracefully and yet a little slowly.

For section 1, we expect to play the sets of semiquavers to sound like a ‘staccato’ effect in order to bring out the ‘humorous’ feel of the theme. It should not be played loud and some dynamism is expected in first bar 1, 4 and 5 and we need to repeat from the beginning once before proceeding to bar 9.

At section 2, there is a change in the mood setting and hence, we halt the staccato-like effect. It starts with a mf and crescendo effect to bring out the dramatic effect throughout this section. A short diminuendo kicks in bar 12 and then bar 16.

At section 3, we see another mood change, loud and must be in tempo(play in same timing). At bar 33 till 40, a more interesting arrangement is noted, where notes are played an octave higher. Do take note of the need to slow down a little bit at bar 32, 36 and 40 respectively.

All in all, the overall music expression is to start this piece soft(p effect) and ends this piece very softly(ppp effect). However, a more dramatic effect...
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