Music 32 -Appreciation of Music
On Sunday, June 14th 2012 at 2:00p.m., the Los Angeles Philarmonic performeda fout pieces Lutoslawski Centenary: Salonen conducts Beethoven.
The concert was conducted by Esa-Pekka Salonen,who was a Music Director of Los Angeles Philarmonic for 17 years. It started with the «Overture to King Stephen » by Beethoven. It was created in 1811 and the title of this overture is related to King of Hungary in the year of 1000. The melody starts with a slow introduction leading to a fast tempo with bright and crisp accents, but still with a lot of warmth in the sound. This piece consists of 9 movements and starts with trumpets, horns, strings and bassons. This piece has a march theme, that reflects mood of the overture. The march leades listeners to the main section of the piece, which has a folksy Hungarian character. The whole overture is in the key of E flat major. The duration of the overture is 8 minutes, but even through that short period of time I was able to notice how extensive was the music in the piece. In my opinion this overture was great. It was composed in E flat major and its contrast was used by its mood change and it felt to me that Beethoven tried to imitiate the rhythm of Hungarian language in which the accent of the word falls on the first syllable. Performers displayed a wide range of textures and some elements of Hungarian folk music. The melody was fast and had a theme of pride to a Hungarian hero. The tempo of the piece is quiet fast. Players moved into a solo performances starting with trumpets, horn and strings creating a mood of the overture. Most of Beethoven’s compositions in my opinin start with a serious tune and ends with in a festive musical way. The overture ends with an extroverted sound and A stirring Coda brings it to its close.
The second piece that is titled as «Symphony #1» by Witold Lutoslawski was composed in a years of...