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The hauntingly beautiful music of Haydn can be appreciated regardless of time or place. The Seasons, by the aforementioned composer, was wonderful to hear performed so impeccably by the choral artists in Moores Opera House. Although there were many performers that consisted of choral and orchestra, there are six that should be mentioned for their major roles; soprano, tenor and bass. The performers Kirsten Leslie, Nicholas DeMeo, and Brandon Grimes, played the roles of Hanne, Lukas and Simon, respectively, in the Spring and Autumn seasons. In Summer and Winter, these parts were played by Kelly Balmaceda, Chris Trapani, and Dennis Gallagher. The following essay will be an analysis of the oratorio The Seasons, by Haydn, as well as the overall performance of the Moores School of Music on November 18, 2011. As previously mentioned, The Seasons is an oratorio; it is divided into four different parts, each part entitled with the name of a season. Each part of the entire work, in turn, is divided into many smaller subdivisions; these divisions could consist of an Introduction, Recitative, Aria or Trio and Chorus. Overall, the oratorio is similar to an extended cantata…yet Haydn seems to transform it into something more. The recurring theme or motif so to speak, throughout the piece, is the theme of nature. The first in the cycle of nature, Spring starts off in triple meter, but as the subsections change, as does the meter. The key and texture are not exempt from Haydn’s rapidly changing forms either. Continuing on, however, Spring has many memorable sections. Simon’s Aria, in particular, has introductory parts that are reminiscent of Haydn’s Surprise Symphony. This Aria is rather cheery and reflective of youth and all around happiness; this is reflected in the sudden shifts in dynamics and tempo which is nothing uncharacteristic of Haydn. Most of this Aria operates on a polyphonic texture, and although that are brief moments of respite from the...
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