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music 15 paper 2 - Laurence Young Kenney Duncan Tokyo...

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Laurence Young Kenney, Duncan February 16, 2009 Tokyo String Quartet Paper I arrived at Campbell Hall early, 45 minutes early to be exact. Although I am typically a very punctual person, I decided to leave extra leeway as a result of my nightmare the night before in which I arrived 2 minutes late, but was not allowed in the doors because of my tardiness. My fears of not being admitted were quickly washed away as I was jollily greeted by an usher who kindly showed me to my seat. My seat’s location, however, was jammed on the left hand side of the theater, near the top. I waited patiently for the music to commence and watched hundreds of people walk to their seats and was rather surprised at the diverse and eclectic group of people who had come to watch the Tokyo String Quartet. Not only were there students from Music 15, but also elderly couples, families with children, and I even saw my former economics professor. The musicians finally walked across the stage and took their seats as they were greeted with a large applause from the audience. At first, it was if the magnitude of the stage had transformed the four musicians into little specks. However, as the lead violinist lifted his bow and the sounds gushed out of his instrument, these specks instantaneously became monstrous in size. Although I was 30 rows away from the performers, an overwhelming sense of musical intimacy engulfed me, making me feel as if they were performing only for me. The first piece the Tokyo String Quartet performed was Haydn’s String Quartet in D Major, op. 76, no. 5 . Although considered the father of the string quartet, Haydn shies away the traditional four- movement form, creating an amalgamation of sorts by utilizing a variety of musical forms. For example, in the first movement, Haydn implements a form of theme and variation while still incorporating the general aspects of the sonata allegro form. In the performance, the lead
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violinist took the first melody and then played it again with his own embellishments.
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